Rustlers advertised as added attraction to Shoulder Arms (1919)
Directed byReginald Barker
Screenplay byGeorge Hively
Produced byJohn Ford
CinematographyJohn W. Brown
Release date
  • April 26, 1919 (1919-04-26)
Running time
2 reels, 20 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Rustlers or The Rustlers is a 1919 American short silent Western film produced by John Ford and directed by Reginald Barker[1][2][3] under the working title of Even Money.[4] The film was shot between February 28 and March 8, 1919 for April release that same year.[5][6] Ford himself chose to bring Pete Morrison into this project (and others), and during the time of the film's shooting, he and Baker co-chaired a committee created by William Beaudine, then-president of the Motion Pictures Director's Association.[7]


Ben Clayburn (Pete Morrison) uses the guise of a sheep rancher when sent to the town of Point Rock to track down the leader of a band of rustlers. He is accused himself of being one of the rustlers, and Postmistress Nell Wyndham (Helen Gibson) saves him from an angry lynch mob. The two team up, and using her knowledge of the locals track down and capture the real outlaws.


See also


  1. ^ Langman, Larry (1992). A Guide to Silent Westerns. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 386. ISBN 031327858X.
  2. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series. Library of Congress. Copyright Office. 1919. p. 360.
  3. ^ National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1978). Films in Review, Volume 29. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. pp. 122, 473, 480.
  4. ^ Levy, Bill (1998). John Ford: A Bio-bibliography - Issue 78 of Bio-bibliographies in the performing arts. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 9, 43, 75. ISBN 0313275149.
  5. ^ Peter Bogdanovich (1978). John Ford - Movie paperbacks; Cal 369 Volume 369 of Movie paperbacks. University of California Press. p. 118. ISBN 0520034988.
  6. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Rustlers". Silent Era. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  7. ^ Marshall, Wendy L. (January 1, 2005). William Beaudine: From Silents to Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 82. ISBN 0810852187.