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Black Lightning
Director: James P. Hogan (Dir)
Release Date:   1924
Premiere Information:   New York showing: 8 Dec 1924
Duration (in feet):   5,500
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Clara Bow (Martha Larned)  
    Harold Austin (Ray Chambers\b71 Mason, James\bJim Howard)  
    Eddie Phillips (Ez Howard)  
    Joe Butterworth (Dick Larned)  
    Thunder (Himself, a dog)  
    Mark Fenton (Doctor)  
    John Pringle (City doctor)  
    James P. Hogan (Frank Larned)  

Summary: Accompanied by Thunder, the dog who rescued him from the firing line in France, World War veteran Ray Chambers goes to the mountains to recover from his war injuries. There he meets Martha Larned, a lonely mountain girl who lives with her little brother, Dick. Ray discovers that Martha is the sister of his dead buddy, Frank Larned, and he decides to stay and protect her from harassment by Jim Howard and his halfwitted brother, Ez. When Dick is hurt in a fall, Ray goes for a doctor; Ez kills Jim and attacks Martha; and Thunder takes care of Ez. Ray and Martha then get married. 

Production Company: Gotham Productions  
Distribution Company: Lumas Film Corp.  
Director: James P. Hogan (Dir)
Producer: Samuel Sax (Pres)
Writer: Dorothy Howell (Scen)
  Frank Foster Davis (Story)
Photography: Jack MacKenzie (Dir of photog)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Gotham Productions 7/10/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP20668

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Brothers and sisters
  Mentally handicapped persons
  Mountain life

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