A Hoosier Romance

A Hoosier Romance is a 1918 Selig Polyscope film, featuring silent film actress Colleen Moore.[1]

A Hoosier Romance
Film still with McCoy and Moore
Directed byColin Campbell
Produced bySelig Polyscope Co.
Written byColin Campbell (scenario)
Based onA Hoosier Romance
by James Whitcomb Riley
StarringColleen Moore
Edward Jobson
Thomas Jefferson
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Distributed byMutual Film Corp.
Mutual Star Productions
Release date
  • August 18, 1918 (1918-08-18)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Pretty Patience Thompson, a "girl with a singing soul," lives with her cold-hearted and avaricious father, Jeff Thompson, on their Indiana farm. Her life of drudgery is brightened by John, the hired hand, but when he asks for her hand in marriage, the old man flies into a rage and discharges him. Soon an aged but wealthy widower courts Patience, and although she still loves John, "Old Jeff" orders her to marry the widower, claiming that a father's will is the law. Aware of her unhappiness, the kindly squire and his wife arrange for John to hide in the Thompson home on the day of the wedding. With all of the guests assembled, Patience runs from the room and pretends to escape on a horse, and while the two old men search the fields for her, she quietly marries John.[2]



Filmed in California but set in Indiana,[3] the film is based on a story by James Whitcomb Riley.[4] In A Hoosier Romance, the author appeared posthumously as the narrator of the film, the material taken from previously shot images of him telling stories to children.


  • Jeff Codori (2012), Colleen Moore; A Biography of the Silent Film Star, McFarland Publishing,(Print ISBN 978-0-7864-4969-9, EBook ISBN 978-0-7864-8899-5).
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