The Heritage of the Desert (film)

The Heritage of the Desert is a 1924 American silent Western film directed by Irvin Willat and based on the novel of the same name by Zane Grey. It stars Bebe Daniels, Ernest Torrence, and Noah Beery.[1] The film was released by Paramount Pictures with sequences filmed in an early Technicolor process.[1]

The Heritage of the Desert
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Directed byIrvin Willat
Written byAlbert S. LeVino (adaptation)
Based onThe Heritage of the Desert
by Zane Grey
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
StarringBebe Daniels
Ernest Torrence
Noah Beery
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum
Edited byHoward Hawks
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 23, 1924 (1924-01-23)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine review,[2] Jack Hare, an Eastern lad, reaches an outlaw settlement in the far West, and is cast out into the desert by Holderness. Jack is rescued by settler August Naab, against whom Holderness holds a grudge. Jack and Mescal, a ward of August, fall in love, although she is engaged to marry August's youngest son. The latter is killed by Holderness, who kidnaps Mescal. August and his Indian allies raid the outlaw settlement and destroy it. Holderness tries to escape on horseback with Mescal, but Jack pursues and collides with him while on the edge of a precipice, and Holderness plunges to his death. Jack and Mescal are reunited.



A complete print of The Heritage of the Desert is maintained in the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: The Heritage of the Desert at
  2. ^ Pardy, George T. (February 2, 1924). "Box Office Reviews: The Heritage of the Desert". Exhibitors Trade Review. New York: Exhibitors Review Publishing Corporation. 15 (11): 26. Retrieved August 8, 2022.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Heritage of the Desert

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