This William S. Hart western features a young Lon Chaney as the heavy. The five-reel film has only survived in approximately one reel’s worth of footage. With less than half of the film surviving, Silent Era lists Riddle Gawne (1918) as a lost film.
2004 DVD edition
The Unseen Silents (1918-1923), black & white, 58 minutes total, not rated,
including Riddle Gawne (1918), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated.
Unknown Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
Release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD-R edition of the surviving footage from Riddle Gawne (1918) has been mastered from a good quality but incomplete 35mm print that is flat grey. The DVD appears to have been mastered from a copy of Unknown Video’s 1999 VHS videotape release of The Unseen Silents collection. The source print may have had foreign language intertitles as all of the intertitles here are reset in English on a crude video-based system.
The presentation features a low-fidelity electric organ musical accompaniment performed by Bob Vaughn.