|War on the Plains|
(aka Across the Plains)
|Directed by||Thomas H. Ince|
|Written by||William Eagle Shirt|
Thomas H. Ince
|Produced by||Bison Motion Pictures,|
New York Motion Picture Company
|Distributed by||Motion Picture Distributors and Sales Company|
Cosmopolitan Films (UK)
|February 23, 1912|
|2 reels (20 minutes)|
|Language||Silent with English intertitles|
War on the Plains [also called Across the Plains], is a 1912 silent Western short filmed at Inceville, Santa Ynez, California. Directed by Thomas H. Ince and starring Francis Ford, Ethel Grandin and Ray Myers, it was produced by Bison Motion Pictures, a subsidiary of the New York Motion Picture Company.
This short is referred to as Across the Plains in Daniel Blum's Pictorial History of Silent Films. Several other films with this title were released before and after this short was initially distributed.
- Francis Ford - Drake, a Treacherous Prospector
- Ethel Grandin - Ethel, the Wagon Captain's Daughter
- Ray Myers - A Young Emigrant
- Howard Davies - A Prospector
- William Eagle Shirt - Indian
- J. Barney Sherry - Frontiersman
- Art Acord - Frontiersman
- Clayton Monroe Teters - Indian(*unbilled)
- This film is preserved in the UCLA Film & TV archive.
- Kawin, Bruce F. How Movies Work. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1987, pp. 46-47. According to this reference, a 1000-foot theatrical reel of film in the silent era was projected at a "standard" speed of 16 frames per second, considerably slower than the 24 frames in the sound era. A full silent reel therefore had a maximum running time of 15 minutes. Most reels, however, were not filled to their maximum capacity.
- War on the Plains at silentera.com
- Pictorial History of Silent Films, p.21 c.1953 by Daniel Blum ISBN 0-399-50667-5