Lightnin' (1925 film)

Lightnin' is a 1925 American silent comedy film directed by John Ford.[1] It was based on a successful play of the same name. The original run of the play started in 1918 at the Gaiety Theatre (New York) and continued for 1,291 performances, breaking the record for longest running play at that time.[2][3]

Directed byJohn Ford
Written byFrances Marion
Based onLightnin'
by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon
StarringJay Hunt
Wallace MacDonald
CinematographyJoseph H. August
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • August 23, 1925 (1925-08-23)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was remade in 1930 by Henry King for Fox as an early talkie starring Will Rogers with support from Louise Dresser and Joel McCrea.



  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Lightnin'". Retrieved March 5, 2008.
  2. "Old Play in Manhattan". Time Magazine. Theater. Vol. XXXII no. 13. September 26, 1938.
  3. Lightnin at the Internet Broadway Database
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