|William S. Hart promotion slide (c. 1915-23)|
|Three Word Brand (1921)|
|The Toll Gate (1920)|
|Travelin' On (1922)|
William S. Hart bids farewell (1939)
Hart's farewell also serves as a reminder of his origin as a Shakespearean actor. When the sound era arrived in 1927 the careers of many actors from the silent era were ruined due to their (supposedly) inappropriate or inadequate speaking voices. In Hart's case, he was already over 60 years old when he made his last film in 1925. If he had only hung on until the sound era perhaps he could have been a Hamelet on horseback.
Happy Birthday Bill!
Slide images of William S. Hart promo and Three Word Brand courtesy of John Hillman.