Draft 258

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Draft 258
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
Written by June Mathis
Christy Cabanne
Starring Mabel Taliaferro
Walter Miller
Earl Brunswick
Cinematography William E. Fildew
Edited by Mildred Richter
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • November 15, 1917 (1917-11-15)(US) [1]
Running time
4 reels
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Draft 258 is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Mabel Taliaferro, Walter Miller, and Earl Brunswick, and was released on November 15, 1917. [2]





The Times-Union called it a "big screen sensation", and applauded the re-enactments of the military engagements created by Cabanne. [3] The Deming Headlight praised it as "the finest war picture ever produced". They were complimentary of the photography, acting, with the latter being marked for realism, without the "sickening sentimentality that distinguishes so many of the screen productions of the present day." [4] The San Bernardino County Sun gave the film a positive review. They opined it was "a superb production suitable to its great central idea and its thrilling and absorbing story." [5]


With no prints of Draft 258 located in any film archives, [6] it is a lost film.

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  1. "Draft 258". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Draft 258 at silentera.com
  3. "Fine Film At Crescent". Times-Union . November 24, 1917. p. 5. Retrieved April 27, 2023 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Hawkins Books Masterpiece". The Deming Headlight . November 16, 1917. p. 3. Retrieved April 27, 2023 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "'Draft 258' Today At the Temple, Last Time". The San Bernardino County Sun . December 8, 1917. p. 10. Retrieved April 27, 2023 via Newspapers.com.
  6. Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Draft 258