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Five Thousand an Hour

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Five Thousand an Hour
Directed byRalph Ince
Written byJune Mathis
Based onthe novel, Five Thousand an Hour
by George Randolph Chester
Produced byMaxwell Karger
StarringHale Hamilton
Lucille Lee Stewart
Gilbert Douglas
CinematographyWilliam J. Black
Release date
  • November 25, 1918 (1918-11-25) (US)[1]
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States

Five Thousand an Hour is a 1918 American silent comedy-drama film, directed by Ralph Ince. It stars Hale Hamilton, Lucille Lee Stewart, and Gilbert Douglas, and was released on November 25, 1918.


When Johnny Gamble's partner, Paul Gresham, steals all the corporate funds, Gamble is left to pay off the company shareholders out of his own personal fortune. After he's done with that, he is left with only $100 to his name. Feeling he has nothing left to lose, he heads to the racetrack, where he bets it all on a longshot, which wins the race, returning $15,000 to Gamble. At the track, he meets Constance Joy, and learns that she is slated to marry Gresham in 6 weeks. She is doing this in order to be eligible to inherit a million dollars on her 26th birthday, in 6 weeks time.

Gamble sets out to turn his $15,000 into a million dollars in six weeks, so that he can marry Constance instead of her marrying Gresham. He engages in a series of business ventures, all of which turn out quite well for him, despite interference from Gresham. With fifteen minutes to go before the deadline, Gamble is still $15,000 short. However, Constance offers him the $15,000 for a single kiss.

Cast list


In August 1918 it was announced that Metro Pictures had acquired the rights to George Chester Randolph's novel, Five Thousand an Hour. The script was written by June Mathis, with Ralph Ince at the helm and starring Hale Hamilton.[2] Some of the racetrack scenes were filmed on location at Saratoga Racetrack.[3] The film marked Hamilton's debut as a starring actor for Metro Pictures. In August 1918 Metro announced that the supporting cast around Hamilton would be Lucille Lee Stewart, Robert Middlemas, Florence Short, Robert Whittier, Warren Cook, William Fredericks, Gilbert Douglas and Jack Bulger.[4] The picture was originally scheduled to be released October 21.[5] Douglas was a well-known Broadway actor, and the film was the first time he appeared on-screen.[6] Filming on the picture finished in mid-September.[7] The film's release was delayed, finally occurring on November 25, 1918.[8] As of October 2019, the film was listed on the National Film Preservation Board's list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films.[1]


The La Crosse Tribune enjoyed the film, as well as the performance of Hamilton, "The story is of unusual vigor and strength and presents Mr. Hamilton in the dynamic leading role which is one eminently suited to his virile and compelling style of comedy, and as Johnny Gamble, he is seen at his best."[9] The Los Angeles Evening Express also gave the film a good review calling it, "one of the most entertaining comedy dramas ever seen on the screen."[10] Motion Picture News, on the other hand, did not like the picture, calling it "slow and tiring".[11]


  1. ^ a b "Five Thousand an Hour". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Chester Story Selected for Hale Hamilton". Exhibitors Herald and Motography. August 24, 1918. p. 23. Retrieved September 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "Green Room Jottings". Motion Picture Magazine. November 1918. p. 100. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  4. ^ "Hamilton's Support Picked". The Film Daily. August 28, 1918. p. 2. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  5. ^ "Metros For October". The Film Daily. August 29, 1918. p. 3. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "Will Make Screen Debut in New Metro Production". Exhibitor's Herald. October 5, 1918. p. 30. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "Two More Finished". The Film Daily. September 21, 1918. p. 3. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  8. ^ "Features — Current and Coming". Motion Picture News. December 21, 1918. p. 3745. Retrieved September 10, 2023.
  9. ^ "Hale Hamilton Here". The La Crosse Tribune. December 31, 1918. p. 4. Retrieved September 9, 2023 – via
  10. ^ "Five Thousand an Hour Proves Easy in Screen Drama". Los Angeles Evening Express. December 29, 1918. p. 42. Retrieved September 9, 2023 – via
  11. ^ ""Five Thousand an Hour"-Metro". Motion Picture News. December 7, 1918. p. 3421. Retrieved September 9, 2023.

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