~The Apostle of Vengeance~
1916
~Plot Synopsis~
William S. Hart took a respite from his "good-badman" groove to play a preacher in Apostle of
Vengeance. David Hudson (William S. Hart), a minister living in Vermont, returns to his home in the
Kentucky hills in an attempt to reconcile the members of his family with their bitter rivals, the
McCoys. Upon learning of David's peaceful intentions, his family angrily turns him out of the house,
whereupon he moves into a little mountain shack and preaches to anyone who will listen. After
rescuing Mary McCoy (Nona Thomas) from the hands of a brute, David saves his young sister Elsie
(Marvel Stafford) from drowning; but when he discovers that it was Tom McCoy (Joseph J. Dowling)
who attacked Elsie, he is finally spurred to violence. David is strangling Tom when he realizes the folly
of his vengeance and consequently relaxes his grip. Inspired by David's example, the Hudsons and
McCoys finally settle their differences. Hart himself directed Apostle of Vengeance, with second-unit
assistance from his faithful cohort Clifford Smith. Future stars John Gilbert and Jean Hersholt show
up as extras, just as they did in Hart's Hell's Hinges (1916).

Plot Synopsis is a combination of Plot Synopses from allmovie.com and afi.com
Directed by:
William S. Hart
Clifford Smith

Written by: Monte M. Katterjohn - screenplay & story
~Cast~

William S. Hart ...  David Hudson
Nona Thomas ...  Mary McCoy
Joseph J. Dowling ...  Tom McCoy
Fanny Midgley ...  'Marm' Hudson
John Gilbert ...  Willie Hudson
Marvel Stafford ...  Elsie Hudson
Gertrude Claire
Jean Hersholt
~Remaining Credits~

Production Companies:
Kay-Bee Pictures
New York Motion Picture

Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing

Produced by: Thomas H. Ince  
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August
Assistant Director: Clifford Smith
Supervisor:
Thomas H. Ince

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: June 25, 1916
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