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Director  King Vidor
Duration  
Language  Silent
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United States
The Sky Pilot movie poster
Release date  April 17, 1921 (1921-04-17)
Writer  Ralph Connor (novel), Faith Green (adaptation), John McDermott
Cast  Colleen Moore, John Bowers
Genres  Silent film, Drama, Indie film, Black-and-white
Similar movies  Related 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.

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Plot

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Background

    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.

    DVD release

    The Sky Pilot was also released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on January 28, 2014.

    References

    The Sky Pilot Wikipedia
    The Sky Pilot IMDb The Sky Pilot themoviedb.org


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