~The Dawn Maker~
1916
~Plot Synopsis~
This William S. Hart film would never pass muster with present day Native Americans! Hart plays
half-breed Joe Elk who wavers between the "civilized" nature of his white father and the passion of his
Indian mother. He falls in love with Alice McRae (Blanche White), but Alice is in love with fellow
paleface Bruce Smithson (William Desmond), who is an officer at the Hudson Bay Trading Company,
where her father (J. Frank Burke) is factor. This doesn't stop her from flirting with Joe and it breaks
his heart when she becomes engaged to Smithson. Joe's tribe murders Mr. McRae and loot his
storehouse in anticipation of a coming blizzard. They head south, leaving the newlywed Smithsons to
die of starvation. But Joe, who has a love for the white race, saves the pair before expiring himself in
the freezing cold. This picture was not Hart's finest moment.

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

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

William S. Hart ...  Joe Elk
Blanche White ...  Alice McRae
William Desmond ...  Bruce Smithson
J. Frank Burke ...  Walter McRae
Joe Goodboy ...  Chief Troubled Thunder
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Kay-Bee Pictures &
Triangle Film Corporation

Released by: Triangle Distributing Corporation

Producer: Thomas H. Ince
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: September 24, 1916
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