Hell's Hinges


1h 4m 1916

Brief Synopsis

When a reverend and his sister arrive in the town of Hell's Hinges, a saloon owner and his cohorts sense danger to their evil ways.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Western
Silent
Release Date
Mar 5, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
New York Motion Picture Corp.; Kay-Bee
Distribution Company
Triangle Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White (tinted)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

When the weak-willed Reverend Robert Henley arrives in Hell's Hinges on a mission to clean up the town, gunslinger Blaze Tracy and "Silk" Miller, the town saloon keeper, decide to give him a hard time. After Blaze falls in love with Robert's sister Faith, however, he ends up helping the reverend spread the gospel. Having lost Blaze as an accomplice, Miller takes it upon himself to discredit Robert. He has Dolly, one of his dance hall girls, get Robert drunk and seduce him and then lets the public discover him in her bed. Later, Miller's henchmen set fire to the church, and Robert is killed when shooting breaks out. To avenge Robert's death, Blaze burns down the saloon, but allows Miller and his boys to escape. Finally, with all of Hell's Hinges up in flames, Blaze rescues Faith, buries her brother and rides with her to a new life.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Western
Silent
Release Date
Mar 5, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
New York Motion Picture Corp.; Kay-Bee
Distribution Company
Triangle Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White (tinted)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5 reels

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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994.

One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Museum of Modern Art.

Notes

Modern sources indicate William S. Hart was a co-director on this film and that Thomas Ince directed, or at least closely monitored, the scene depicting the burning of Hell's Hinges. Modern sources also credit Mon Randall with the art titles.