The Bargain (1914 film)

The Bargain is a 1914 American Western film starring William S. Hart. It was the first feature film starring Hart,[1] who would go on to become the most popular Western actor of the silent film era. In 2010, it was added to the National Film Registry.[2]

The Bargain
Film poster
Directed byReginald Barker
Screenplay byWilliam H. Clifford Thomas Ince
StarringWilliam S. Hart
CinematographyRobert Newhard
Joseph H. August
New York Motion Pictures Corp.
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 1914 (1914)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



A portion of The Bargain was filmed at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.[1]


In 1918, a revised version of the film was submitted for review by the Chicago Board of Censors that had scenes in which the Sheriff released a prisoner to holdup gamblers and associated intertitles were eliminated, and new intertitles and scenes with newspaper articles stating that the sheriff and bandit had paid the penalty for their crimes had been inserted.[3] A version cut from 7 to 5 reels was distributed prior to 1920, and in 1920 Hart's production company released it under the title The Two-Gun Man in the Bargain.[1]


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Bargain at
  2. 2010 National Film Registry Announced, Library of Congress Press Release, Dec. 28, 2010
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (16): 31. April 13, 1918.
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