~The Aryan~
1916
~Plot Synopsis~
With the assistant of his trusted associate Clifford Smith (who handled most of the second-unit stuff),
William S. Hart directed his own starring vehicle The Aryan. After years of labor, miner Steve Denton
(William S. Hart) gathers up his fortune and sets out to visit his ailing mother (Gertrude Claire). He is
detained, however, in the town of Yellow Ridge, where a dance hall girl named Trixie (Louise Glaum)
not only cheats him of his gold, but also conceals a message wired to him from his dying mother.
Learning the next day that his mother is dead, Steve kills Trixie's lover (Herschel Mayall) and then
drags the dance hall girl into the desert, where he assumes the leadership of a band of Indian and
Mexican bandits. Two years later, a caravan of Mississippi farmers, lost in the desert, appeals to Steve
for help, but he refuses. That night, one of the settlers, little Mary Jane (Bessie Love), visits him
secretly to plead their cause and express her belief that no white man would refuse to protect a
woman in distress. Deeply moved, Steve guides the caravan out of the desert and then resumes his
wanderings. Incredibly, despite his box-office clout, William S. Hart's salary as both actor and
director was a paltry $150 per week.

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

Written by:
C. Gardner Sullivan - story & screenplay
~Cast~

William S. Hart ...  Steve Denton
Gertrude Claire ...  Mrs. Denton
Charles K. French ...  'Ivory' Wells
Louise Glaum ...  Trixie, 'the Firefly'
Herschel Mayall ...  Chip Emmett
Ernest Swallow ...  Mexican Pete
Bessie Love ...  Mary Jane Garth
Enid Bennett   
Jean Hersholt   
John Gilbert ...  Extra (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Kay-Bee Pictures

Distributed by: Triangle Distributing

Produced by: Thomas H. Ince
Original Music by: Hugo Riesenfeld    
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: April 9, 1916
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