Wednesday, June 23, 2021

William S Hart, 75 Years -- June 23, 2021

Moving Picture World, 21-October-1916

Western start William S Hart died 75 years ago today, on 23-June-1946. 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. 

Fritzi of Movies Silently dedicated the month of December, 2014 to Bill Hart to honor what would have been his 150th birthday.:

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