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Hell-to-Pay Austin is a 1916 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Paul Powell and starring Wilfred Lucas in the title role, along with Bessie Love, Eugene Pallette, and Mary Alden.[1]

Hell-to-Pay Austin
Hell-to-Pay Austin - 1916 newspaper.jpg
Newspaper advertisement
Directed byPaul Powell
Written byMary H. O'Connor
StarringWilfred Lucas
Bessie Love
Eugene Pallette
Ralph Lewis
Mary Alden
Monte Blue
CinematographyJ.W. Leezer
Fine Arts Film Co.
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • August 20, 1916 (1916-08-20)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Bessie Love from a scene in the film.

Written by Mary H. O'Connor,[2] the film was produced by D. W. Griffith's production company Fine Arts, and was distributed by the Triangle Film Corporation.[3] Hell-to-Pay Austin is now presumed lost.[4]



When a minister dies from alcoholism, his daughter Briar Rose (Bessie Love) is unofficially adopted by a team of lumberjacks, including the rough-and-tumble 'Hell-to-Pay' Austin (Wilfred Lucas). The child's innocence and purity eventually transform Austin into an upstanding Christian. Briar goes away to boarding school and Austin has to come to her rescue when she falls in with the wrong crowd. Reunited, they discover that their guardian/ward relationship has evolved into one of true love and they marry.[1][5]



It was accompanied by the Charles Chaplin short comedy One A.M. in some theaters during its initial theatrical release.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Triangle Film Corp". The Moving Picture World. Vol. 29. World Photographic Publishing Company. August 26, 1916. p. 1444.
  2. ^ a b "At Leading Picture Theatres". The Moving Picture World. Vol. 29. World Photographic Publishing Company. August 19, 1916. p. 1265.
  3. ^ Connelly, Robert B. (1998). The Silents: Silent Feature Films, 1910–36. 40 (2 ed.). December Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-913204-36-8.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Hell-To-Pay Austin (1916)". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Paietta, Ann Catherine (2005). Saints, Clergy, and Other Religious Figures on Film and Television, 1895–2003. McFarland & Company. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-7864-2186-2.

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