The Goat (1918 film)

The Goat is a 1918 American silent comedy film directed by Donald Crisp and written by Frances Marion. The film stars Fred Stone, Fanny Midgley, Charles McHugh, Rhea Mitchell, Sylvia Ashton, Philo McCullough, and Winifred Greenwood. The film was released on September 29, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Goat
Still with casting director Clarence Geldart showing Fred Stone as doubling for Rhea Mitchell
Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byFrances Marion
StarringFred Stone
Fanny Midgley
Charles McHugh
Rhea Mitchell
Sylvia Ashton
Philo McCullough
Winifred Greenwood
CinematographyHenry Kotani
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 29, 1918 (1918-09-29)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] ironworker Chuck McCarthy (Stone) loves Molly O'Connors (Greenwood), a stenographer for the Filmcraft Studio. While working near an open stage of the studio, Chuck decides to become a motion picture star. He rescues a pet monkey belonging to Bijou Lamour (Rhea Mitchell), the leading lady of the company, and is signed to "double" for her in a skating scene. He forgets himself and in another scene whips a half dozen "Germans" in a war film. Finally, he is cast to double for Marmaduke X. Caruthers (McCullough), who refuses to ride a horse in a western film. Chuck falls off the horse and is badly injured. Caruthers is lionized for his bravery while Chuck is nursed back to health by Molly, and he decides to give up his screen career. He receives a check for $1,000 from the studio and uses it to pay off Molly's mortgage.



  1. "The Goat (1918) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  2. "The Goat". Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  3. "Reviews: The Goat". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (16): 37. October 12, 1918.
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