Big Timber (film)

Big Timber is a 1917 American silent film Northwoods/drama produced by the Oliver Morosco Company and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by William Desmond Taylor and starred Kathlyn Williams and Wallace Reid.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives,[1] and it may be a lost film.[3]

Big Timber
1917 lobby card
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Produced byOliver Morosco
Written byBertrand William Sinclair (novel)
Gardner Hunting (scenario)
StarringWallace Reid
Kathlyn Williams
CinematographyHomer Scott
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
July 5, 1917
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was remade in 1924 by Universal with William Desmond starring.


As described in a film magazine review,[4] after the death of her father leaves Stella Benton (Williams) without a home, she goes to live with her brother Charlie (Paget) in the timber regions. The roughness of her surroundings proves a burden to Stella, and when Jack Fife (Reid), who loves her, asks her to marry him, she accepts even through she does not love him. Jack tries to win his bride's love, but to no avail. Finally, she goes to the city to try and forget her unhappy married life. She becomes infatuated with Walter Monahan (King), but after she sees him at a cafe with another woman, she realizes his fickleness, and her love for Jack comes to the surface. She returns to the timber regions where she is happily received by her husband.



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Like many American films of the time, Big Timber was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut in the scene involving the shooting of a man.[5]


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Big Timber at
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Big Timber
  4. "Reviews: Kathlyn Williams in Big Timber". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (3): 25. 14 July 1917. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (4): 33. 21 July 1917. Retrieved 2014-11-10.

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