Wildfire (1925 film)

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Directed by T. Hayes Hunter
Based onWildfire
by George Broadhurst and George V. Hobart
Starring Aileen Pringle
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Distinctive Productions
Distributed by Vitagraph Company of America
Release date
  • June 7, 1925 (1925-06-07)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Wildfire is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by T. Hayes Hunter. It was produced by Distinctive Productions, a company founded by George Arliss, and distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America. The film stars Aileen Pringle. [1]


The film is based on the successful 1908 play Wildfire that had starred Lillian Russell on Broadway and a young actor just starting out named Irving Cummings, later a silent director. The story had been filmed before in 1915 with Lillian Russell herself and Lionel Barrymore.


As described in a film magazine review, [2] Claire Barrington falls heir to a famous racing stable with many debts, whose payment is dependent upon the sweepstakes in which the horse Wildfire is entered. John Duffy, her principal creditor, plots to throw the race to another horse, but Claire learns of the signal that would be used to alert the jockey and uses this to ensure Wildfire is triumphant. A charge of treachery made against John's enemy Garrison is proved false and Claire and Garrison become engaged.


Preservation status

This film survives in the Library of Congress collection and at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. [3] [4] [5]

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  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Wildfire at silentera.com
  2. "New Pictures: Wildfire", Exhibitors Herald, 21 (10): 54, May 30, 1925, retrieved March 12, 2022PD-icon.svgThis article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain .
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  4. League, The Broadway. "Wildfire – Broadway Show – Play - IBDB". ibdb.com.
  5. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 209, c.1978 by The American Film Institute