~The Burning Trail~
~Plot Synopsis~
~William Desmond~
Smiling Bill Flannigan (William Desmond), a once-renowned prizefighter, escapes West after
accidentally killing an opponent in the ring in this muscular Universal western. The ex-boxer obtains the
job of ranch cook and gets involved with the ubiquitous war between ranchers and sheep men. Hailing
from Scotland and out of a long line of entertainers, brawny Desmond began his 25-year screen career
playing the parson opposite stage star Cyril Maude in Peer Gynt (1915). A heavily dramatic beginning for
an actor who would later star in robust serials such as Perils of the Yukon (1922), The Riddle Rider and
The Vanishing Rider (1928), all for Universal. Desmond's leading lady in The Burning Trail, Mary
McIvor, was also his off-screen wife.

Plot Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Arthur Rosson    

Written by: Isadore Bernstein - adaptation

Based on the novel Sundown Slim by Henry Herbert Knibbs (New York,

William Desmond ...  Smiling Bill Flannigan
Albert J. Smith ...  Texas
Mary McIvor ...  Nell Loring
Jim Corey ...  Black Loring (as James Corey)
Jack Dougherty ...  John Corliss
Edmund Cobb ...  Tommy Corliss
Dolores Rousse ...  Esther Ramsey (as Dolores Roussey)
Harry Tenbrook ...  Reginald Cholmondeley
Janet Gaynor ...  (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Universal Pictures

Cinematography by: Gilbert Warrenton

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: May 25, 1925