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Director  Jerome Storm
Music director  David Drazin
Country  United States
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Genre  Drama, Sport
Running time  55 minutes
Screenplay  R. Cecil Smith
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Language  Silent English intertitles
Release date  May 18, 1919 (1919-05-18)
Writer  R. Cecil Smith (scenario), Earle Snell (short story "South Paw")
Cast  Charles Ray (Ben Harding), Colleen Moore (Mazie Palmer), John Gilbert (Jim Blair (as Jack Gilbert)), Jay Morley (Billy Palmer), Otto Hoffman (Deacon Nasby), Louis Durham ((uncredited))
Similar movies  Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

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The Busher is a 1919 American drama film directed by Jerome Storm featuring Colleen Moore, and produced by Thomas H. Ince. The film still exists and is available on DVD from Kino Video, running 55 minutes. There is an alternate edition available from Grapevine Video. This version runs 63 minutes, including a longer opening exposition sequence, and more frequent original intertitles, which help to clarify the story. A print is also held by Gosfilmofond Russian State Archives.


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When the train transporting the St. Paul Pink Sox is delayed outside of Brownsville, the players exit the train for some exercise and end up playing a game with the locals. The manager is impressed with Ben Harding, inexperienced but talented pitcher for the Brownsville baseball team. Ben joins the team and leaves for the big city, promising his sweetheart Mazie Palmer that he will return for her.

However, success goes to his head and he forgets about his small-town roots. He ignores the hometown folk, including Mazie, when they come to the big city to see him play. Because he lives the fancy life, his pitching suffers and soon he is sent back home in shame. Ben vows never to play ball again, but discovering that Mazie's brother has bet their house on the championship game, with the home team behind, Ben returns to the mound, wins the game, the respect of the town, the love of Mazie, and a new contract from a Pink Sox representative who had been waiting for Ben to lose his conceit.


  • Charles Ray as Ben Harding
  • Colleen Moore as Mazie Palmer
  • Jack Gilbert as Jim Blair (credited as Jack Gilbert)
  • Jay Morley as Billy Palmer
  • Otto Hoffman as Deacon Nasby
  • Jack Nelson (uncredited)
  • Louis Durham (uncredited)
  • Margaret Livingston (uncredited)
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    Colleen Moore plays the girlfriend of a baseball player who hits the big time and forgets about his roots. The rival for Colleen's affections was played by Jack Gilbert, who would later gain fame as actor John Gilbert.


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