|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.: