Cast & Crew
In the 1850's, hoping to find gold in California, Madison Clay and his daughter, Salomy Jane, travel from Kentucky to Hangton. Salomy, who is pursued by all of the men in the mining town, loves Rufe Waters, and thus asks him to kill Baldwin, a brute who has insulted her. Rufe demures, but when Baldwin is killed by a mysterious stranger whose sister Baldwin seduced, Rufe takes the credit. Alarmed by Baldwin's murder and a recent robbery, the town's vigilante committee decides to arrest Heath, the robber, and the stranger, thought to be Heath's partner. When Heath confesses before being hanged that his real partner fell to his death just after the robbery, the stranger is about to be released until Rufe names him as Baldwin's killer. Knowing of Rufe's cowardice, and pitying the stranger, Salomy helps him to escape, disguised in Clay's clothes. Pursued by Larabee, an old Kentucky enemy of Clay's, the stranger kills the man and eventually Clay, Salomy, and the stranger ride off to seek a new life together.
Salomy Jane was filmed on location in California Redwood country. Sources disagree concerning the film's director. The records of the California Motion Picture Corp. indicate that Lucius Henderson directed, while the January 29, 1916 MPSD lists William Nigh as the director. The film had premiere screenings at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on October 8, 1914 and at the Broadway Theatre in New York on October 27, 1914. It was re-edited by George E. Middleton for possible re-release in 1920. Famous Players-Lasky Corp. produced a film based on the same sources in 1923 which was directed by George Melford and starred Jacqueline Logan. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4784.)