Lightnin' (1925 film)

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Lightnin poster.jpg
Directed by John Ford
Written by Frances Marion
Based on Lightnin'
by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon
Starring Jay Hunt
Wallace MacDonald
Cinematography Joseph H. August
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • August 23, 1925 (1925-08-23)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Lightnin' is a 1925 American silent comedy film directed by John Ford. [1] It was based on a successful play of the same name. The original run of the play started in 1918 at the Gaiety Theatre (New York) and continued for 1,291 performances, breaking the record for longest running play at that time. [2] [3]

A comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending. One of the oldest genres in film – and derived from the classical comedy in theatre –, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue.

John Ford American film director

John Ford was an American film director. He is renowned both for Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), as well as adaptations of classic 20th-century American novels such as the film The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His four Academy Awards for Best Director remain a record. One of the films for which he won the award, How Green Was My Valley, also won Best Picture.

<i>Lightnin</i> (play)

Lightnin' is a comedy play in three acts by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon. The play was produced by John Golden and directed by P. E. McCoy. With Frank Bacon in the lead role and billed as “A Live Wire American Comedy”, Lightnin' made its Broadway debut on August 26, 1918, at the Gaiety Theatre and played continuously over three seasons with a record breaking run of 1,291 performances. The show began its long national tour at the end of August 1921 and continued on for some time after Bacon’s death in November 1922. Lightnin' was revived in 1938 for a two-month run at the John Golden Theatre with Fred Stone playing Lightnin’ Bill Jones and was adapted for cinema twice in films starring Jay Hunt (1925) and Will Rogers (1930).


The film was remade in 1930 by Henry King for Fox as an early talkie starring Will Rogers with support from Louise Dresser and Joel McCrea.

<i>Lightnin</i> (1930 film) 1930 film by Henry King

Lightnin' is a 1930 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Henry King and written by S. N. Behrman and Sonya Levien. The film stars Will Rogers, Louise Dresser, Joel McCrea, Helen Cohan, Jason Robards, Sr. and Luke Cosgrave. The film was released on December 7, 1930, by Fox Film Corporation. It is a remake of the 1925 silent film, which was directed by John Ford.

Henry King (director) American film director

Henry King was an American actor and film director. Seven films directed by King were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Fox Film Corporation was an American company that produced motion pictures, formed by William Fox on February 1, 1915. It was the corporate successor to his earlier Greater New York Film Rental Company and Box Office Attractions Film Company.


Jay Hunt (director) American film director

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Wallace MacDonald Canadian actor

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  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Lightnin'". Retrieved March 5, 2008.
  2. "Old Play in Manhattan". Time Magazine. Theater. Vol. XXXII no. 13. September 26, 1938.
  3. Lightnin at the Internet Broadway Database