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The Hell Cat
Director: Reginald Barker (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Dec 1918
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Geraldine Farrar (Pancha O'Brien)  
    Tom Santschi (Jim Dyke)  
    Milton Sills (Sheriff Jack Webb)  
    William W. Black (Pancha's father)  
    Evelyn Axzell (Wan-o-mee)  
    Clarence Williams    
    George Hopkins    
    Clarence Snyder    
    Raymond Wallace    
    Monte Jarrett    
    Pete Nordquist    
    Jimmy Tuff    
    Dudley Smith    
    Charlie Black    
    Bryan Wangoman    
    Tommy Overstreet    

Summary: Pancha O'Brien, the beautiful and spirited daughter of an Irish ranch owner, is loved by two men, Sheriff Jack Webb, whom she loves, and outlaw Jim Dyke, whose attentions she repeatedly rebuffs. Jim and his men attack Pancha's ranch, burning it to the ground and killing her father. The outlaw carries her to his cabin, where Wan-o-mee, his jealous squaw, tries to stab the girl. Pancha explains that she does not love Jim and sends Wan-o-mee to find Sheriff Jack. Stalling for time, Pancha agrees to marry Jim, and the two set out for Cheyenne. Jack and his posse overtake them on the road, but Pancha has already stabbed Jim, and he falls dead at the sheriff's feet. To protect Pancha, Jack claims that he killed the outlaw and then proposes to her. 

Production Company: Diva Pictures, Inc.  
  Goldwyn Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Goldwyn Distributing Corp.  
Director: Reginald Barker (Dir)
Writer: Willard Mack (Story and scen)
Photography: Percy Hilburn (Cam)
  William B. Laub (Asst cam)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Diva Pictures, Inc. 25/11/1918 dd/mm/yyyy LP13070

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Western
 
Subjects (Major): Abduction
  Indians of North America
  Outlaws
  Sheriffs
  Unrequited love
 
Subjects (Minor): Arson
  Chases
  Cheyenne (WY)
  Irish Americans
  Posses
  Ranchers
  Ranches
  Self-defense
  Self-sacrifice

Note: According to publicity, the entire production of this film was shot in Wyoming near Cody. Some sources list the length as five reels. William B. Laub, a cinematographer who worked in the Goldwyn photographic department, is credited in a news item as having assisted in the production of this film. He may have worked in a capacity other than assistant cameraman. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   7 Dec 18   p. 65.
MPN   14 Dec 18   p. 3606.
MPW   7 Dec 18   p. 1118.
MPW   14 Dec 18   p. 1253.
NYDM   7 Dec 18   p. 847.
New York Times   25 Nov 18   p. 11.
Variety   29 Nov 18   p. 41.
Wid's   8 Dec 18   p. 3.

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