The Hired Man (film)

The Hired Man is a 1918 American silent comedy film written and directed by Victor Schertzinger. The film stars Charles Ray, Charles K. French, Robert Gordon, Doris May, Lydia Knott, and William Fairbanks. The film was released on January 27, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Hired Man
Directed byVictor Schertzinger
Screenplay byVictor Schertzinger
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringCharles Ray
Charles K. French
Robert Gordon
Doris May
Lydia Knott
William Fairbanks
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Thomas H. Ince Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 1918 (1918-01-27)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Ezry (Ray), the farm's hired man, in love with his employer's daughter Ruth (May), is anxious to obtain an education. When Ruth learns of his ambitions, she assists him in his studies. With enough money saved to go to college, on the way to the railroad depot he stops to say farewell to Ruth's brother Walter (Gordon), and there learns that it will take just that amount of money to keep Walter out of prison for stealing money from the bank where he works. Ezry returns to the farm. That night there is a dance, and after everyone has left, Ruth goes to Ezry to teach him how to dance. They are seen by a jealous suitor of Ruth's who tells her father Caleb (French), which results in the discharge of Ezry. Leaving that night, Ezry looks back at the farm and sees that the house is on fire. He rushes back and rescues Walter amid falling timbers. The brother tells everyone why Ezry did not go to college, and Ezry is welcomed back at the farm as a member of the family.



  1. ^ Janiss Garza (2015). "Hired-Man - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ "The Hired Man (1918) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Reviews: The Hired Man". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (9): 25. February 23, 1918.

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