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The Heart of Texas Ryan
Alternate Title: The Light of Western Stars
Director: E. A. Martin (Dir)
Release Date:   26 Feb 1917
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   George Fawcett (Col. William Ryan)  
    Bessie Eyton (Texas, his daughter)  
    Frank Campeau ("Dice" McAllister)  
    Tom Mix (Jack Parker)  
    William Rhino (Antonio Moreno)  
    Charles Gerrard (Senator J. Murray Allison)  
    Goldie Colwell (Marion Smith)  

Summary: Until he met Texas Ryan, the Eastern-bred daughter of rugged cattle king William Ryan, Jack Parker was just a straight-shooting, hard-riding cowboy. Hoping to see Texas again, Parker accepts a job on the Ryan ranch. While there, he succeeds in upsetting the designs of Mexican bandit Antonio Moreno to kidnap Texas, and foils the plans of Dice McAllister, Moreno's accomplice, to steal Ryan's herds. The distance between a cowboy and that of a wealthy rancher's daughter finally proves too great for Parker, however, who leaves for Mexico. A few days later, Texas learns that Parker is being held prisoner by Moreno. Enlisting the aid of the U.S. Cavalry, Texas arrives just in time to free Parker and award him the heart of Texas Ryan. 

Production Company: Selig Polyscope Co.  
Brand Name: Red Seal Plays
Distribution Company: K-E-S-E Service  
Director: E. A. Martin (Dir)
Writer: Gilson Willets (Scen)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Selig Polyscope Co. 10/2/1917 dd/mm/yyyy LP10173

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Western
Subjects (Major): Bandits
  Class distinction
Subjects (Minor): Kidnapping
  United States. Army. Cavalry

Note: The working title for this film was probably The Light of Western Stars , a Selig production started in 1916, which was based on a Zane Grey novel (New York, 1914) of the same name. Production news items for The Light of Western Stars reported that the film was shot at Mix's ranch in Newhall, CA and included Victoria Forde and Vivian Reed in the cast. According to modern sources, an injunction against the use of Zane Grey's story forced Selig to rewrite and recut the 1916 film. The character played by William Rhino is called "Lagos de Moreno" in the synopsis included in the copyright descriptions, while other sources list him as "Antonio Moreno." In 1918, Sherman Productions, Inc. produced a film entitled The Light of Western Stars , directed by Charles Swickard and starring Dustin Farnum and Winifred Kingston. For information on that film and others adapted from the Zane Grey novel, please consult that entry in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 .
       This film was reissued by Exclusive Features on 27 Sep 1923 under the title Single Shot Parker

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   24 Feb 17   p. 836.
Motog   24 Feb 17   p. 427.
MPN   3 Mar 17   p. 1421.
MPW   17 Feb 17   p. 1041.
MPW   24 Feb 17   p. 1151, 1369
MPW   3 Mar 17   p. 1369.
NYDM   5 Aug 16   p. 18.
NYDM   30 Sep 16   p. 35.
NYDM   13 Jan 17   p. 32.
NYDM   17 Mar 17   p. 26.
Variety   23 Feb 1917   p. 24.
Wid's   22 Feb 17   p. 122.

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