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~The Border Wireless~
1918
~Plot Synopsis~
Border Wireless was a rarity for star-director William S. Hart. It was not only one of his few
"contemporary" films, but also one of the very few Hart films in which the "strong, silent" star was seen
to laugh out loud. World War I even spread to the West, according to this picture. Cowboy star Hart
plays Steve Ransom, who turns bandit after a Southern railroad steals his parents' property. His
robberies make him notorious and eventually he lands in Yellow Dog, Arizona and takes on a false
name. He stays because he has fallen in love with telegraph operator Elsa Miller (Wanda Hawley), who
he saved from a lustful Mexican. Herman Brandt (Charles Arline) is a German spy who runs a powerful
wireless hidden in a mine near the town. When America enters the war, Steve is quick to enlist, but he
has already made an enemy of Brandt, who has found out his true identity. He informs the authorities
at Fort Scott, where Steve has gone to join up, and he just barely escapes arrest. Elsa's brother, Carl
(James Mason) discovers a plot to sink the ship bringing General Pershing to France, and as he gets
captured by the Germans, it is up to Steve to get help and destroy the Germans' wireless. The troops
arrive and Steve is pardoned due to his patriotic service.

Plot Synopsis from allmovie.com
Directed by: William S. Hart

Written by:   
Howard E. Morton - story
C. Gardner Sullivan - writer
~Cast~

William S. Hart ...  Steve Ransom
Wanda Hawley ...  Elsa Miller
Charles Arling ...  Herman Brandt
Erich von Ritzau ...  Frederick Schloss (as E. von Ritzen)
Bert Sprotte ...  Von Helm (as Berthold Sprotte)
Marcia Manon ...  Esther Meier
Jim Mason ...  Carl Miller
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: William S. Hart Productions

Released by: Artcraft Pictures Corporation

Produced by: William S. Hart & Thomas H. Ince  
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August
Art Direction by: Thomas A. Brierley    
Art Titles: Irvin J. Martin

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: September 29, 1918
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