~Selfish Yates~
~Plot Synopsis~
As usual serving as his own producer and director, William S. Hart played the title role in the
six-reel western Selfish Yates. After their father dies in the desert, Mary Adams (Jane Novak) and
her young sister Betty (Thelma Salter) arrive in Thirsty Center, Arizona, with little hope and less
money. There Mary meets Yates (William S. Hart), nicknamed "Selfish" for his excessively
self-centered attitude, who gives her a job scrubbing the floor of his dance hall. Through Mary's
kindness, Selfish is gradually regenerated, while Betty takes charge of his wild young ward (Earnest
Butterworth) "Hotfoot." After Selfish, saddened by the death of a young alcoholic, decides to close
the saloon, his employee, "Rocking Chair" Riley (Bert Sprotte), attacks Mary and seriously injures
her. Although the townspeople have assembled to lynch Riley, Selfish, following Mary's
instructions, helps him to escape and then returns to her bedside. In her delirium, Mary reveals
her love for Selfish, and soon the doctor informs him that she will recover.

Plot Synopsis is a combination of plot synopses from allmovie.com and afi.com
Directed by: William S. Hart

Written by: C. Gardner Sullivan - screenplay & story

William S. Hart ...  'Selfish' Yates
Jane Novak ...  Mary Adams
Bert Sprotte ...  Rocking Chair Riley
Harry Dunkinson ...  Ed Miller, the 'Oklahoma Hog'
Ernest Butterworth ...  Hotfoot
Thelma Salter ...  Betty Adams
Buck Jones ...  Member of the Posse (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: William S. Hart Productions

Distributed by: Paramount-Artcraft Pictures

Produced by: Thomas H. Ince  
Cinematography by: Joseph H. August  
Film Editing by: Harry Marker    
Art Direction by: Thomas A. Brierley    

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: May 12, 1918