~Three Word Brand~
1921
~SilentHollywood.com~
~William S. Hart~
~William S. Hart &
Jane Novak~
~Plot Synopsis~
Twin brothers, separated at birth, are again found on opposite sides of the law in this typical William S.
Hart western. Actually, Hart plays no less than three roles in this film: Ben Trego, a western pioneer who
is killed during an Indian raid, and Trego's sons, both of whom are saved but adopted into different
families. One grows up to become Paul Marsden, governor of Utah, the other, "Three Word" Brand
(because of, as the title explains, the sparsity of his speech), the co-owner of a ranch. When the partner,
Barton (S.J. Bingham) is falsely accused of murder and thrown in jail, "Three Word" urges the governor to
intervene. The governor comes to investigate and, noticing the strong resemblance, "Three Brand" cooks
up a scheme to derail the politician and take his place. At the capital, he manages to kill a crooked water
bill and sign Barton's pardon. The brothers eventually learn the truth of their common parentage and
"Three Word" is free to marry Barton's daughter Ethel (Jane Novak). According to contemporary reviews,
Hart played his three roles to the hilt, and the film was highly praised for its fine camerawork (by the
dependable Joseph H. August).

Plot Synopsis from allmovie.com
Directed & Adaption Written by: Lambert Hillyer    

Based on the story by Will Reynolds.
~Cast~

William S. Hart ...  Three Word Brand / Gov. Marsden / Ben Trego
Jane Novak ...  Ethel Barton
S.J. Bingham ...  George Barton
George C. Pearce ...  John Murray
J. Gordon Russell ...  Bull Yeates
Collette Forbes ...  Jean
Herschel Mayall ...  Carroll (uncredited)
Ivor McFadden ...  Solly (uncredited)
Leo Willis ...  McCabe (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: William S. Hart Productions

Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Produced by: William S. Hart
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 68 Minutes
Released: October 16, 1921
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