~The Busher~
1919
~Colleen Moore & John Gilbert~
~Plot Synopsis~
As might be guessed by the title, The Busher is a baseball film. Charles Ray plays Ben Harding, a country
greenhorn who is the hired hand of Deacon Nasby (Otto Hoffman) and pitcher for the local team. A group
of major league players and their manager get stuck in town when railroad trouble causes a layover, and
they discover Ben's talents. They send him a telegram, asking him to join the team, and his girl, Mazie
Palmer (Colleen Moore) bids him a tearful farewell. But success goes to Ben's head and when the
hometown folk come to see him play, he screws up the game and loses. The manager fires him and he
goes back to work for Deacon and learns to be humble. But all is not lost for Ben -- his successor
disappears and he is called into play once again. This time he pitches a great game and ends up victorious.
Ray had great support in this film -- not only did he have future star Colleen Moore as his leading lady,
John Gilbert, who was also headed for stardom, had a featured role too.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Jerome Storm

Written by: R. Cecil Smith
~Cast~

Charles Ray ...  Ben Harding
Colleen Moore ...  Mazie Palmer
John Gilbert ...  Jim Blair (as Jack Gilbert)
Jay Morley ...  Billy Palmer
Otto Hoffman ...  Deacon Nasby
Louis Durham ...  (uncredited)
Margaret Livingston ...  (uncredited)
Jack Nelson ...  (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Thomas H. Ince Corporation

Distribution by: Paramount Pictures

Produced & Supervised by: Thomas H. Ince
Cinematography by: Chester A. Lyons

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: May 25, 1925