The Deserter (1912 film)

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The Deserter
Directed by Thomas H. Ince
Written by Thomas H. Ince
Starring Francis Ford
Ethel Grandin
Release date
  • March 15, 1912 (1912-03-15)
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent films
English intertitles

The Deserter is a 1912 silent black-and-white two-reel Western film written and directed by Thomas H. Ince.[1] It was released March 15, 1912 and starred Francis Ford and Ethel Grandin. The film was screened in December 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as part of a retrospective on Thomas H. Ince.[2][3] The film is available at the Library of Congress.[4]


The story concerns a soldier who deserts his regiment and encounters a wagon train of settlers. When finding an attack by American Indians is eminent, he returns to his unit in order to elicit help.

Cast (in credits order)[edit]

  • Francis Ford
  • Ethel Grandin
  • Harold Lockwood
  • J. Barney Sherry
  • Ray Myers
  • Winnie Baldwin
  • Clifford Smith


  1. ^ "Silent Era: The Deserter". Silent Era. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ "The Return of Thomas H. Ince". MOMA. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ "The Return of Thomas H. Ince: Program 1". MOMA. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. ^ Keil, Charlie; Stamp, Shelley (2004). American cinema's transitional era: audiences, institutions, practices. University of California Press. p. 161. ISBN 0-520-24025-1. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 

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