Hell's Hinges (1916) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hell's Hinges (1916)





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A hardened badman is softened by the love of a preacher's sister, while the minister himself descends into madness, destroying the entire town, just as the reformed outlaw is atoning for his past. This is the most famous and perhaps the best of William S. Hart's early features.


J. Frank Burke
as Zeb Taylor
William S. Hart
as Blaze Tracy
Clara Williams
as Faith Henley
Jack Standing
as Rev. Robert Henley
Robert McKim
as Clergyman
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Critic Reviews for Hell's Hinges

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The images are as direct and bare as the characters' emotions, and the harsh drama builds to a mad, apocalyptic climax of crime and revenge.

Full Review… | January 4, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

An early silent William S. Hart western that delivers a religious message about moral retribution.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Hell's Hinges


Hell's Hinges is a solid early western with such a good cinematography, a memorable lead in William S. Hart and some great parts, but it is too problematic in its script and especially in its message which is so troublesome and just wrong. It is well made and especially well shot, but too simplistic and way too infuriating at times.

David Lazovic
David Lazovic

This silent western is the tale of an inept preacher sent by his Church leaders to a town where religion and law aren't entirely wanted...and a Salooon owner and the local gunslinger plot to run them out of town. But the gunslinger, Blaze Tracy, falls for the preacher's sister and accepts their religion. When others don't follow him blindly because of his crush, he gets annoyed...and once the saloon owner and a good chunk of the townspeople get the weak willed preacher drunk...Blaze goes nuts and tries to burn everyone alive. Seriously. The Christian message of this film is believe in God or we'll burn your town down and just walk away. Christians are the best! I can't say I agree with the Christian tale being told, as an Atheist, but I can say that this is a decent early western that is competently made and kind of fun...if you like movies we people go nuts and try to burn everyone alive.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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