The Virginian (1914 film)

The Virginian  (1914) 
by Cecil Blount DeMille

A 1914 American silent Western film based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister. The film was adapted from the successful 1903–04 theatre play.

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Jesse L. Lasky
presents Dustin Farnum
The Virginian
Kirke La Shelle
Owen Wister

Cecil B. DeMille
Director General
A Paramount Picture

Cecil B. DeMille

Photographed by
Alvin Wickoff

Art Director
Wilfred Buckland

In the heart of the West, when cattle pastured every valley, and solitary horsemen rode the ranges, there reigned supreme that romantic figure—the cow-puncher.

One among-hem—a southern importation, who roped steers more easily that the best—The Virginian.
Dustin Farnum.

Back in Vermont. Molly Wood struggles for a living teaching music.

"You needn't come again. Jennie isn't making any headway."

The Virginian, fearless and strong, has for his best friend the easily led, lovable Steve.


"Stay here overnight, pard, we'll liven things up."

Meanwhile, Molly—disheartened—has cast about for a new way to earn her living.

Bear Creek, Wyo.

Dear Miss Wood,
Your application
received. Your credentials
being satisfactory,
if you can leave for
the West immediately,
the position of
school-mistress is
open to you.
Bear Creek School Board
Mr. J. F.

"I am so glad you are accepting this opportunity to go to the great west."

The leader in all devilry at Bear Creek is Trampas—broncho-buster—tin-horn gambler and bully.

"If you're goin' to stick around this table you gotta sit in!"

"It's your bet—you son of a—"

"When you call me that, Trampas you smile!"

All beds in the hotel being occupied double, the Virginian bets the crowd he'll have one alone.




Molly reaches the great West.

"That's the Overland stage, lady, that takes yuh to Bear Creek."



Steve, the weakling, falls into bad habits—the worst of all bad habits in a cattle country.

"Pal, stick to rum, cards an' cussin'—keep your iron off another man's cattle."

"These ways ain't never been our ways, Steve. I'll have to keep my eye on you, or—you know what if means—"

"I insist that you throw that disgusting liquor away immediately—you brute!"

"If you're the new school ma'am, I reckon you're goin' to have a big class—all of us."

The Bear Creek folks hold a barbeque in Molly's honor.

Help YouRSelf

"You think the school ma'am's straight. If you knew what the stage driver told me—"

"Stand up on your legs, you pole-cat, an' tell them all you're a liar!"

"Let's us bachelors give these proud parents a scare."

And the proud parents, wearied by the evening's gaiety—fall readily into the plot of the bachelors.


"Here they come—madder'n hornets. You better make yourself scarce, Lin."

"Lin must a'done it. That's why he raced off when he saw you comin'."

"I did it."

"Aren't you ashamed—a great big man like you. I hate such uncouthness."

"We're all uncouth out here, ma'am. But you'll learn to like the west—an' you're goin' to love me!"

Trampas, selecting Steve as likely material for his gang, explains the profits derived from cattle-stealing.

While the Virginian, neglecting his pal, spends golden hours acquiring the rudiments of an education.

"Let me see what words you can spell best."


I lov you

The thieves led by Trampas, become more daring.

The cattle owners take action.

"We have sent for you to lead our posse."

"We suspect Trampas is the ring-leader of this gang—and Steve has joined them."

"You ain't goin' to let friendship for Steve stand in the way of Justice, are you?"

"I will go."

The cattle thieves give the posse the slip.

"We'll camp here for the night—an' watch!"

Seeing the the gang is cornered, Trampas and Shorty make a getaway.

"Do with them? Why there's only one thing to do with thieves! At daybreak, boys—"

To the two friends come memories of the many strange adventures faced together—as the long hours of the deathwatch pass.

good by pard i couldnt
speak to you without
acting the baby


"When they leave, get that paper the Virginian dropped."

"Only an old newspaper—'tain't worth nothin'."

One weary horse can't carry two fugitives very far.

On the trail of Trampas.

"This is part of the paper I gave to Steve!"

The children of Bear Creek are thrilled by the details—overheard—of the tragedy.

"We're playing he is Steve and I'm the Virginian."

"Man with much money is riding in the canyon."

School Board
Bear Creak, Wyo.
Have decided to
return East where
I belong I tender
my resignation to
take place at once.
Very truly
Molly Wood.

"My pal Steve was a thief—but I had to keep my word—please understand, Molly!"


"My handkerchief! Where did you get it?"

"The time I carried a prim eastern school ma'am in my arms."

The wedding day.

"This town will be celebratin' a funeral instead of a marriage."


"Trampas is in town."

"He's threatenin' to kill on sight."

Ready to face his worst enemy.

"I'll give you till sundown to get out of town!"

"—so get married at once, Molly, and leave."


"I coudn't marry a man with blood on his hands—come away for here, now."

"Trampas put Steve's head in the noose—now he's after me, an' I must be ready for him!"

"Time is up, Trampas, an' your man's still in town."


The End

A Paramount Picture

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.

The author died in 1959, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.