Red Hot Dollars

Red Hot Dollars is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Jerome Storm and written by Julien Josephson. The film stars Charles Ray, Gladys George, Charles Hill Mailes, William Conklin, and Mollie McConnell. The film was released on December 28, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] A copy of the film is in the Godfilmofond archive in Moscow.[2]

Red Hot Dollars
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Directed byJerome Storm
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Screenplay byJulien Josephson
StarringCharles Ray
Gladys George
Charles Hill Mailes
William Conklin
Mollie McConnell
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 28, 1919 (1919-12-28)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Tod Burke (Ray), a laborer in Peter Garton's (Conklin) steel mill, is severely injured while saving the life of his employer. Because he is without a family, Tod is taken to the Garton mansion to recuperate. The steel magnate becomes very attached to Tod and adopts him. As soon as he has regained his health, he rushes to the home of his sweetheart Janet Muir (George) to tell her of his good luck. He is ejected from the home by Angus Muir (Mailes), Janet's grandfather, who is a bitter enemy of Garton. The feud between Muir and Garton has existed for many years, and had its origin in the unscrupulous dealings by which Muir gained control of Muir's business. Tod continues his work in Garton's offices only because Janet says his career depends upon it. However, he is heartbroken at not being able to see his fiancée. She is sad because of the illness of her grandfather and the straitened circumstances of the family. Tod takes Janet into his office as a stenographer, but warns that she must not disclose her identity or tell her grandfather the truth of her employment. Garton discovers Janet is a Muir and immediately discharges her. Tod becomes angry and leaves with Janet. The grandfather learns of Janet's firing and goes to the Garton mansion for revenge. Janet and Tod go after him and arrive in time to effect a reconciliation between Muir and Garton.



  1. "Red Hot Dollars". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Red Hot Dollars". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  3. "Reviews: Red Hot Dollars". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (8): 76. February 21, 1920.

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