Release dateApril 17, 1921 (1921-04-17) WriterRalph Connor (novel), Faith Green (adaptation), John McDermott CastColleen Moore, John Bowers GenresSilent film, Drama, Indie film, Black-and-white Similar moviesRelated King Vidor movies
The Sky Pilot is a 1921 American silent drama film based on the novel of the same name by Ralph Connor. It is directed by King Vidor and features Colleen Moore.
The Sky Pilot (Bowers) arrives in a small rough-and-tumble cattle town in the north, intent on bringing religion to its tough residents. At first they reject him, but in time he wins the residents over with his prowess. A plot to steal cattle is uncovered and disrupted. Gwen, daughter of the "Old Timer," is injured in a stampede, loses her ability to walk, but recovers thanks to the power of love.
John Bowers as The Sky Pilot
Colleen Moore as Gwen
David Butler as Bill Hendricks
Harry Todd as The Old Timer
James Corrigan as Honorable Ashley
Donald MacDonald as The Duke
Kathleen Kirkham as Lady Charlotte
This was the first film to be made in part at Vidor's new studio. The snow scenes were shot in Truckee where the weather did not cooperate: it snowed when the production needed sun, and was sunny when they needed a blizzard. When the snow would not let up, local townsfolk were hired to clear the snow manually for scenes that needed dry ground. Thereafter it stopped snowing: salt was used to simulate snow on the ground. The stampede scene was shot in Fresno, California.
The Sky Pilot was also released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on January 28, 2014.