Hit-The-Trail Holliday is a lost 1918 silent comedy film directed by Marshall Neilan and starring George M. Cohan in filmization based on his 1915 Broadway play, Hit-the-Trail-Holiday (the spelling of the play differs from the film). Cohan wrote the play for his brother-in-law Fred Niblo, who was soon to become a film director. Cohan produced the film in conjunction with Famous Players-Lasky. A film about Prohibition of Alcohol, directed by one of Hollywood's then biggest alcoholics.
|Directed by||Marshall Neilan|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
George M. Cohan
|Written by||John Emerson|
by George M. Cohan
|Starring||George M. Cohan|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures (as Artcraft Pictures)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
As described in a film magazine, discharged because of his refusal to sell liquor to a minor, bartender Billie Holiday (Cohan), expert mixer of drinks, seeks employment in St. Johnsburg, a small town dominated by two factions, one a German brewer, the other an American prohibitionist. Pretty Edith Jason (Clayton) strengthens Billy's leanings towards the prohibitionists, and in a rousing address he is successful in making a name for himself. Before long, accompanied by Edith who is now his wife, Billy makes a tour of various cities in an endeavor to wipe out the liquor interests.
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Hit-The-Trail Holliday
- Hit-the-Trail-Holiday on Broadway 1915–16; 336 performances (IBDb.com)
- Pictorial History of the American Theatre 1860-1970 p.153 c.1952-1970 by Daniel Blum
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Hit-The-Trail Holliday
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Hit-The-Trail Holliday". silentera.com. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
- "Reviews: Hit-The-Trail Holliday". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (2): 30. July 6, 1918.