The Sky Pilot

The Sky Pilot is a 1921 American silent drama film based on the novel of the same name by Ralph Connor. It is directed by King Vidor and features Colleen Moore.

The Sky Pilot
Colleen Moore in a scene from The Sky Pilot.
Directed byKing Vidor
Produced byCathrine Curtis
Written byRalph Connor
Faith Green
John McDermott
StarringJohn Bowers
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Gus Peterson
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • April 17, 1921 (1921-04-17)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


The Sky Pilot (Bowers) arrives in a small rough-and-tumble cattle town in the north, intent on bringing religion to its tough residents. At first they reject him, but in time he wins the residents over with his prowess. A plot to steal cattle is uncovered and disrupted. Gwen, daughter of the "Old Timer," is injured in a stampede, loses her ability to walk, but recovers thanks to the power of love.



This was the first film to be made in part at Vidor's new studio. The snow scenes were shot in Truckee where the weather did not cooperate: it snowed when the production needed sun, and was sunny when they needed a blizzard. When the snow would not let up, local townsfolk were hired to clear the snow manually for scenes that needed dry ground. Thereafter it stopped snowing: salt was used to simulate snow on the ground. The stampede scene was shot in Fresno, California.

DVD release

The Sky Pilot was also released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on January 28, 2014.[1]


  1. "Alpha Video - The Sky Pilot (Silent)". Retrieved January 30, 2014.
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