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Riders of the Night

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Riders of the Night
Lobby poster
Directed byJohn H. Collins
Written byJohn H. Collins (story)
Albert S. Le Vino (writer)
StarringViola Dana
CinematographyJohn Arnold
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • April 29, 1918 (1918-04-29)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Riders of the Night is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by John H. Collins and starred his wife Viola Dana. It was produced and distributed by the Metro Pictures company.[1]

A print is held at EYE Institute, Amsterdam aka Filmmuseum Amsterdam.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Sally Castleton (Dana) is loved by Milt Derr (Chesebro), but Jed (Blue), a cousin of Milt, is desirous of possessing Sally. He makes several attempts to win Sally, but is repulsed each time. The night riders assemble against the gate keeper, who charges the villagers an excess toll. Two persons are killed, and Jed tells Sally that Milt is held and that the only way to free him is for Sally to marry Jed. Before he can extract a promise, he is killed. Sally, found departing from the Derr home by the chimney, is held for the murder. A few moments before she is to be hanged, Milt finds the true murderer. There is a happy ending for their romance.



Like many American films of the time, Riders of the Night was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 3, of a closeup of a $50 bill, Reel 5, five scenes of testing of scaffold rope, vision of man shooting in silhouette, all but the first scene of officer pulling Sally away from bars to include closeup of hands, forcing her up scaffold stairs, three scenes of her on scaffold with hood over head to where lover appears.[4]


  1. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Afi.com. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Riders Of The Night". Lcweb2.loc.gov. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Reviews: Riders of the Night". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (20): 24. May 11, 1918.
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (21): 31. May 18, 1918.
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