Bucking Broadway
Film still
Directed byJohn Ford
Written byGeorge Hively
Produced byHarry Carey
StarringHarry Carey
Molly Malone
CinematographyJohn W. Brown
Ben F. Reynolds
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
December 24, 1917
Running time
53 minutes (restored version)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles
Bucking Broadway

Bucking Broadway is a 1917 American silent Western film directed by John Ford, probably his sixth feature film. Long thought to be lost, along with about 60 of Ford's 70 silent films, it was found in 2002 in the archives of the CNC (the French National Center for Cinematography).[1] It was subsequently restored and digitized and is available on the Criterion Blu-Ray of John Ford's Stagecoach.


As described in a film magazine,[2] Cheyenne Harry (Carey), one of the cowboys on a ranch in Wyoming, falls in love with Helen (Malone), his boss's daughter. She decides to elope to the city with Captain Thornton (Pegg), a wealthy visitor to the ranch from New York. Cheyenne and Helen's father (Wells) are downhearted. Cheyenne, devastated by the loss of his finance, decides to go to the city to rescue her, and finds Thorton giving a dinner party in a hotel about to announce his engagement to Helen. As the dinner progresses Helen discovers the true nature of Thornton and endeavors to escape from him. Cheyenne comes to her rescue and, with the assistance of some cowboys, clean up the place, leaving Cheyenne and Helen reunited.



Like many American films of the time, Bucking Broadway was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the intertitle "While Helen makes the acquaintance of Gladys" etc., seven scenes of young woman in low cut gown and distant scene, reduce length of fight scenes by half, striking man on head with bottle, six struggle scenes with young woman at table, three closeups of man trying to kiss woman, three scenes of intoxicated man at table, throwing man across table and punching him, two scenes of throwing man over trellis, Cheyenne kicking and striking man, scene of Cheyenne striking intoxicated man, and the scene in background with young woman in low cut gown sitting on couch with man.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Bucking Broadway". silentera.com. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Reviews: Bucking Broadway". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (2): 25. January 5, 1918.
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (3): 31. January 12, 1918.