Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zane Grey Week -- Fighting Blood -- June 3, 2021

Motion Picture News, 21-May-1921

Zane Grey was a popular Western novelist in the first half of the Twentieth Century. I had read about movies made from his stories, so I took a few novels out from the Anza Branch Library. It turns out that he was not a very good writer, but he did produce interesting characters and descriptions.

I thought I might join with producer Benjamin B Hampton and have a Zane Grey Week.

As far as I can tell, the first movie made from a story or novel by Zane Grey was "Fighting Blood." The one reel movie was directed by DW Griffith and is often praised for its building intensity. Biograph released it in 1911. 

Moving Picture World, 08-July-1911

This article does not mention Zane Grey, who was already a popular author. I have read about the movie for many years in books and articles about DW Griffith and I don't remember reading that it was based on a Zane Grey story.

St Landy Clarion, 04-June-1922

Tomorrow: Zane Grey's most popular novel, Riders of the Purple Sage

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