John Petticoats

John Petticoats is a 1919 American silent action film directed by Lambert Hillyer and written by C. Gardner Sullivan. The film stars William S. Hart, Walt Whitman, George Webb, Winifred Westover, Ethel Shannon, and Andrew Arbuckle. The film was released on November 2, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

John Petticoats
Film still showing William S. Hart with Winifred Westover
Directed byLambert Hillyer
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Screenplay byC. Gardner Sullivan
StarringWilliam S. Hart
Walt Whitman
George Webb
Winifred Westover
Ethel Shannon
Andrew Arbuckle
CinematographyJoseph H. August
William S. Hart Productions
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 2, 1919 (1919-11-02)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] John Haynes (Hart), a lumberman known as "Hardwood," receives a letter informing him that he has inherited a business establishment in New Orleans. Surprised, although pleasantly so, he goes to that city to look over his heritage and finds that the business consists of a shop merchandising ladies' ware. In charge of the shop is Rosalie Andre (Shannon), whom he lets continue with the management of the store, with Hardwood John boarding with Judge Clay Emerson Meredith (Whitman) and keeping his identity secret. Caroline (Westover), the Judge's granddaughter, soon attracts John's attention, and mutual love ripens. Rosalie comes to grief at the hands of one Wayne Page (Webb), the dissolute son of a rich family who is also a rival for the hand of Caroline, and John is required to use force to see that Wayne does the wronged young woman justice. John and Caroline then look forward to their own happiness.



A copy of John Petticoats is in the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art film archive and the Gosfilmofond Archive.[4][5][6]


  1. "John-Petticoats - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  2. "John Petticoats". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. "Reviews: John Petticoats". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (26): 69. December 20, 1919.
  4. Progressive Silent Film List: John Petticoats at
  5. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.94 c.1978 by the American Film Institute
  6. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..John Petticoats
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