~Riddle Gawne~
~Lon Chaney, far right, in costume for an important career step: "Riddle Gawne" (1918). Top western
star William S. Hart is at the center.~
~Photograph contributed by Richard Day Gore~
~Plot Synopsis~
Cowboy star William S. Hart plays Jefferson "Riddle" Gawne, a man who really carries a grudge.
When he finds his brother dying and hears that the killer has run off with his brother's wife, he
swears revenge. Years pass and Riddle earns the enmity of cattle rustler Hame Bozzam (Lon
Chaney). When Easterner Kathleen Harkless (Katherine MacDonald) comes to town, things really
heat up between our hero and Bozzram, as both men want the girl. Riddle is shot and nearly killed by
Bozzram, but he recovers to win Kathleen and emerge victorious over Bozzram, who, it turns out, was
his brother's murderer. This film was based on a serial, The Vengeance of Jefferson Gawne by
Charles Alden Seltzer, which appeared in the Argosy.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com

Jefferson "Riddle" Gawne seeks vengeance against the man who killed his younger brother and
absconded with his sister-in-law, leaving their little daughter Jane homeless. Taking charge of Jane,
he searches in vain for the murderer for many years, then settles on his own ranch. Gawne's hatred of
women dissipates when he meets Kathleen Harkness, the attractive and refined daughter of a cattle
rustler in Hame Bozzam's gang. Hame, who wants Kathleen for himself, has Gawne shot, but he is
nursed back to health by Blanche Dillon. Determined to rid the town of the gang, Gawne ousts
Hame's pawn, sheriff Reb Butler, then leads a group of cowboys to the outlaw's headquarters. After
they set the place on fire, however, Gawne learns that Hame has abducted Kathleen. He rides to her
rescue but is seriously injured in a fight with the outlaw, after which Hame admits that he killed
Gawne's brother. Upon hearing this, Gawne struggles to his feet and is able to throw Hame over a
cliff to his death. Gawne then recovers under Kathleen's care.

Plot Synopsis from AFI.com
Directed by:
William S. Hart
Lambert Hillyer

Written by: Charles Alden Seltzer - story

William S. Hart ...  Jefferson 'Riddle' Gawne
Katherine MacDonald ...  Kathleen Harkness
Lon Chaney ...  Hame Bozzam
Gretchen Lederer ...  Blanche Dillon
Gertrude Short ...  Jane Gawne
Edwin B. Tilton ...  Colonel Harkness
Milton Ross ...  Reb Butler
George Field ...  'Nigger' Paisley
Leon De La Mothe ...  Jess Cass (as Leon Kent)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: William S. Hart Productions

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Produced by:
William S. Hart
Thomas H. Ince
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August
Art Direction by:
Thomas A. Brierley
G. Harold Percival

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: August 3, 1918