Saturday, December 6, 2014

William S Hart 150 -- December 6, 2014

Moving Picture World, 21-October-1916

Western start William S Hart was born 150 years ago today, on 06-December-1864.  I find it interesting that a movie star was born during the US Civil War.  Hart was a Shakespearean actor who had played Messala in the original 1899 stage production of Ben-Hur.  In 1914, at the age of 49 or 50, he started acting in movies and quickly became one of the first big western stars.  He often played what was called a good-bad man, a criminal who reformed because of the love of a good woman. 

Bad guys quickly learned not to mess around with William S Hart.  Hell's Hinges is one of his easiest movies to see.  It is not what one would call a laugh riot.  \

I need to write more about him in this blog. 

Fritzi of Movies Silently is dedicating the month of December to Bill Hart:

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