~John Petticoats~
~A97-35: William S. Hart & Winifred Westover~
~Plot Synopsis~
This film is quite a departure for Western star William S. Hart -- he plays a New Orleans modiste!
Boss lumberjack John Haynes (William S. Hart), nicknamed Hardwood, receives notification that
he has inherited a "modiste" shop in New Orleans. Not knowing what this is, John is flabbergasted
when he sees the dress shop window. After John offers to board with Judge Clay Emerson Meredith
(Walt Whitman) and pay eight weeks in advance so that the Judge can buy his granddaughter
Caroline (Winifred Westover) a graduation dress, John falls in love with her, but even though he
buys fancy clothes, his rough manners put her off. Not confident to run his shop, John works as the
store detective and is saved from a runaway elevator by wealthy, dissolute Wayne Page (George
Webb), who courts Caroline. When Rosalie Andre (Ethel Shannon), the shop's clerk, tries to drown
herself because of an affair with Page, John rescues her, but she dies later. When the papers blame
John, he remains silent to protect Page. Although the Judge and Caroline decide to throw John out,
after a letter from Rosalie arrives explaining what happened, John wins Caroline.

Plot Synopsis is a combination of plot synopses from allmovie.com and afi.com
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer    

Written by: C. Gardner Sullivan - scenario & story

William S. Hart ...  'Hardwood' John Haynes
Walt Whitman ...  Judge Clay Emerson Meredith
George Webb ...  Wayne Page
Winifred Westover ...  Caroline Meredith
Ethel Shannon ...  Rosalie Andre
Andrew Arbuckle ...  Rameses
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: William S. Hart Productions

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Cinematography by: Joseph H. August  
Art Direction by: Thomas A. Brierley
Thomas H. Ince

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: November 2, 1919