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Jack and Jill (1917 film)

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill (1917 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Screenplay byGardner Hunting
Margaret Turnbull
Produced byOliver Morosco
StarringJack Pickford
Louise Huff
Leo Houck
Don Bailey
J.H. Holland
Jack Hoxie
CinematographyHomer Scott
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 12, 1917 (1917-11-12)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Jack and Jill is a 1917 American Western silent film directed by William Desmond Taylor and written by Gardner Hunting and Margaret Turnbull. The film stars Jack Pickford, Louise Huff, Leo Houck, Don Bailey, J.H. Holland, and Jack Hoxie. The film was released on November 12, 1917, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Jack (Pickford), an East Side New York lightweight fighter, becomes the dupe in a frame-up fight in which he knocks out a champion and is led to believe that he killed the man. That night he goes to New Jersey and boards a handcar. The next day he finds himself in Texas where the cowboys decide to have a good time with the tenderfoot. Jill (Huff), his pal and sweetheart, gets the money due Jack for fighting and, when she hears from him, she, too, goes to Texas. She arrives at the ranch when the cowboys are away and the Mexicans are planning a raid. When Jack hears of her presence, he rushes to the ranch and arrives just in time to prevent the Mexicans from attacking it. He knocks out several Mexicans just as the cowboys, who were wondering why Jack was in such a hurry, arrive. The Mexicans are driven off and Jack is the hero of the hour. He is given a steady position at the ranch and he and Jill live on happily.



With no prints of Jack and Jill located in any film archives,[4] it is a lost film.


  1. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (2016). "Jack-and-Jill - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jack and Jill (1917) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Reviews: Jack and Jill". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (20): 28. November 10, 1917.
  4. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Jack and Jill
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