Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Adventures of Arizona Bill

Les aventures d’Arizona Bill – French title
The Adventures of Arizona Bill – English title

A 1909-1914 French production [Eclipse Film (Paris)]
Director: Jean Durand, Joë Hamman
Cinematography: [black & white]
Running time:

Story: The adventures of cowboy star Joë Hamman as ‘Arizona Bill’.
Titles: “Arizona Bill” (1909), “L’enfant du chercheur d’or” (1909), “Arizona Bill: l’attaque d’un train” (1909), “A travers la plaine” (1910), “L’amour du ranch” (1910),  “La piste argentee” (1911) “Le chevauchee infernale” (1911), L’ile de l’epouvante” (1911), “L’oiseau de proie” (1911) “Aux mains des brigands” (1912), “Coeur ardent” (1912), "210 Contre 213” (1913), “Les diable rouges” (1913), “La ville souterraine” (1913).

Arizona Bill - Joë Hamman (Jean Hamman)
Vesta – Mrs. Hamman
with; Berthe Dagmar (Albertine-Marie Dagmar), Gaston Modot, Owen Moore

This film series found real success in the United States. Filmed in the Camargue region of France it featured beautiful scenery and a series of great stunts involving horses and trains. It was one of the first times a rider was filmed climbing aboard a train while transferring from a galloping horse. Also fights on the roof of the train were carried out while the train was moving.


  1. I'd like to see them.Are they excerpted on youtube?Endless action is my cup of tea.Leave it to the french to invent galloping transfers to a train before americans.

  2. Raymie - I can find nothing under the film title, or Arizona Bill or Joe Hamman. These series of films would be perfect for your tube as each one was only 5-10 minutes in length much like the serials in later film. I'm sure any of the series that is still around are in a French museum.