Bill Henry (film)

Bill Henry is a 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Jerome Storm, and written by Julien Josephson and Lois Zellner. The film stars Charles Ray, Edith Roberts, William A. Carroll, Bert Woodruff, Jennie Lee, and Walter Perkins.[1][2] The film was released on August 17, 1919, by Paramount Pictures. A print of the film is in the Russian Gosfilmofond film archive.[3]

Bill Henry
Still showing Charles Ray, Bert Woodruff, and Edith Roberts
Directed byJerome Storm
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Screenplay byJulien Josephson
Lois Zellner
StarringCharles Ray
Edith Roberts
William A. Carroll
Bert Woodruff
Jennie Lee
Walter Perkins
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Edited byRalph Dixon
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 17, 1919 (1919-08-17)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Bill Henry Jenkins (Ray) leaves the family farm with a patent vibrator under his arm and speeds across the nation on his bicycle in search of fortune. He is assaulted by an irate farmer and takes refuge in a small town hotel run by his uncle, where he gets a position as a clerk. Lela Mason (Roberts) comes to the hotel, having spent her last cent to arrive there. She has inherited a piece of farm land only to be told by the local lawyer that it is worthless, which raised Bill Henry's sympathy. He plays poker with the traveling men to win enough money to buy the property, keeping Lela ignorant as to the buyer's identity. A land salesman offers Bill Henry a much greater price for the land and Bill sells it, telling the lawyer to turn the money over to Lela. Instead, the lawyer pockets the money and accuses Bill Henry of knowingly cheating the young woman. His uncle turns him in, but Lela remains faithful. Bill Henry returns, beats up the lawyer and makes him confess his deception, and marries the young woman.



  1. "Bill-Henry - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. "Bill Henry". AFI. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Bill Henry at
  4. "Reviews: Bill Henry". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (8): 55. August 16, 1919.

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