Black Lightning (1924 film)

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Black Lightning
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Thunder the Dog received top billing on the film's theater poster
Directed by James P. Hogan
Written byHarry Davis (story)
Dorothy Howell
Produced by Sam Sax
Gotham Productions
StarringThunder the Dog
Clara Bow
Cinematography James P. Hogan
Distributed byLumas Film Corporation
Release date
  • December 8, 1924 (1924-12-08)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Black Lightning is an extant 1924 American silent drama film directed by James P. Hogan and starring Thunder the Marvel Dog "supported" by Clara Bow and other "All Star Cast". [1] The feature was produced by Gotham Pictures Company. [2]



As described in a review in a film magazine, [3] with the murder of Frank Larned (Hogan), his sister Martha (Bow) and her little brother were left unprotected and the object of unwelcome attentions from Jim Howard (Mason) and his half-witted brother. Roy Chambers (Austin), who was gassed in France during World War I, is ordered by the doctor to go to the mountains. Chance brings him with a police dog he has picked up to the Larned home. He finds that Martha is the sister of his buddy in France, who saved his life, and Thunder being the dog that came to his rescue. Learning the situation, he decides to stay awhile. Joe gets hurt and Roy rides for a doctor. Ez (Phillips), the half-witted chap, shoots him. Martha sends Thunder to find him, Jim comes and tries to get into the Larned home. Ez kills him and then attacks Martha. Thunder comes to her rescue. Martha and Roy then journey to the preacher together.



Prints of Black Lightning are preserved at the Russian state film archive Gosfilmofond and in California at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. [4]

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  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Black Lightning at
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Black Lightning
  3. Sewell, Charles S. (November 8, 1924). "Black Lightning; Thunder, Another Remarkable Police Dog, Makes Debut in Feature That Should Please Majority". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 71 (2): 175. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  4. Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Black Lightning