The Soul Herder

The Soul Herder is a 1917 American silent Western film directed by John Ford, and featuring Harry Carey. The film is presumed to be lost.[1] The film was premiered in Dayton, Ohio, on August 3, 1917.[2]

The Soul Herder
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Directed byJohn Ford
Written byGeorge Hively
StarringHarry Carey
CinematographyBen F. Reynolds
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release date
  • August 3, 1917 (1917-08-03)
Running time
30 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent with English intertitles



Like many American films of the time, The Soul Herder was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors ordered cut scenes showing the shooting of a clergyman, a man muffling a girl in a bedroom, killing a man outside a house, and the closeup of a dead man.[3]

See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Soul Herder". Silent Era. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  2. The Dayton Herald, August 3, 1917, p. 25 (subscription needed).
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (8): 33. August 18, 1917. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
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