The Light in the Clearing

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The Light in the Clearing
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Directed by T. Hayes Hunter
Written by William R. Leighton
Based onThe Light in the Clearing
by Irving Bacheller
Produced byT. Hayes Hunter
Starring Eugenie Besserer
Clara Horton
A. Edward Sutherland
Cinematography Abe Scholtz
Dial Film Company
Distributed by Hodkinson Pictures
Release date
  • November 20, 1921 (1921-11-20)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Light in the Clearing is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring Eugenie Besserer, Clara Horton, and A. Edward Sutherland. [1]



As described in a film magazine review, [2] Barton Baynes receives a prophesy of four perils and a rosy future from the Silent Woman, while Amos, the son of Ben Grimshaw who was the tightfisted power over the farmers, receives one of death and the gallows. One night Bart meets the Stranger. There is another traveler on the road and it happens that the three come together. Ben sees the flash of a gunshot and the Stanger drops to the road. He sees the assailant comes up and bends over the body. Ben hurls a stone and strikes the assailant in the temple, and then hurries off and spreads the news of what happened. The body turns out to be that of the son of the Silent Woman, and she falls prostrate with grief. Amos is convicted of the crime, and old Ben falls dead with the Old Woman's bony fingers pointed at him. However, Barton's future is bright with the smiles of Sally and success.


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  1. Munden p. 838
  2. "Tried and Proved Pictures: The Light in the Clearing". Exhibitors Trade Review. New York: Exhibitors Review Publishing Corporation. 15 (7): 37. 12 January 1924. Retrieved 15 June 2022.PD-icon.svgThis article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain .