Heart of the Wilds

Heart of the Wilds is a lost[1] 1918 American silent drama film directed by Marshall Neilan and starring Elsie Ferguson. The story is from "Pierre and His People", by Gilbert Parker, which Edgar Selwyn also based his play Pierre of the Plains on. Ferguson had become a star in 1908 in Selwyn's Broadway play.[2][3]

Heart of the Wilds
Film poster
Directed byMarshall Neilan
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byCharles Maigne (scenario)
Based onShe of the Triple Chevron
by Gilbert Parker
StarringElsie Ferguson
CinematographyWalter Stradling
Distributed byArtcraft Pictures
Release date
  • August 18, 1918 (1918-08-18)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Like many American films of the time, Heart of the Wilds was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors modified the plot of this film by requiring cuts in Reel 2 of Val drawing a gun from case, shooting Grey Cloud, and putting the gun away after the shooting, the cuts intending to eliminate the entire idea that the Indian was shot by Val.[4] The board also cut, in Reel 4, Jen shooting Sergeant Tom Gellatly of the mounted police.[4]

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