7.2/10
207
7 user 1 critic

A Romance of Happy Valley (1919)

John Logan leaves his parents and sweetheart in bucolic Happy Valley to make his fortune in the city. Those he left behind become miserable and beleaguered in his absence, but after several... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(story) (as Captain Victor Marier)
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young lovers in a French village are torn apart with the coming of the Great War.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Adolph Lestina
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jeannette Peret, daughter of a cigar-store owner, leaves her Greenwich Village home for France in hopes of finding there the love which eludes her at home. She becomes enamored of le Bebe, ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: David Butler, Lillian Gish, Robert Harron
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An orphan girl is given shelter by a farm family, but soon finds herself in the clutches of a murderous farmer and his wife.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Ralph Graves
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of two brothers who go off to France to fight in World War I, the women who love them and an American expatriate living in France who rallies behind his former country.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Adolph Lestina, Carol Dempster, Frances Parks
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the last days of ancient Babylon, a tomboyish mountain girl fights for her king when the city is attacked.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Tully Marshall, Constance Talmadge, Alfred Paget
Scarlet Days (1919)
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A romantic bandit named Alvarez, wanted for raids on the mining camps of the California gold rush in 1849, is reformed by the love of a good woman.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Eugenie Besserer, Carol Dempster
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A re-edited version of the 'modern' story from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916).

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An idealistic young American during World War I, itching to fight the Germans and not wanting to wait until the U. S. joined the war, journeys to Canada and enlists in the British army. He ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: George Fawcett, Lillian Gish, Robert Harron
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Objected to date his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Spottiswoode Aitken, Blanche Sweet
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Lydia Yeamans Titus ...
...
Kate Bruce ...
Mrs. Logan
...
...
Jennie Timberlake
...
Jennie's father
Adolph Lestina ...
Vinegar Watkins
Bertram Grassby ...
Judas
Porter Strong ...
Edit

Storyline

John Logan leaves his parents and sweetheart in bucolic Happy Valley to make his fortune in the city. Those he left behind become miserable and beleaguered in his absence, but after several years he returns, a wealthy man. But his embittered father, not recognizing him for who he is, plans to murder the newly- arrived "stranger" for his money. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 January 1919 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Romance of Happy Valley  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was once considered a lost film but a copy was found in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Mythic American Tale from Old Kentucky
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For many years, this film was among a number of D. W. Griffith films from the 1918-1919 season which were considered irretrievably lost. In the 1970s it was discovered in the Gosmofilmfund in Russia, and through some complicated negotiations was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in time for the Griffth centenary in 1975. Prints in English have the subtitles replaced, as the Russian print was subtitled in Ukrainian. The story is a simple one and personally close to Griffith's heart - a Kentucky lad, played by Robert Harron, is an inventor and hears of opportunity in New York. Although the townsfolk, his mother and father, and his sweetheart, played by Lillian Gish, all try to restrain him from leaving Happy Valley, he does so. In New York, the boy works tirelessly on his invention for eight years and resists a number of temptations. Little does he know that back home, his sweetheart is struggling with similar issues, and when the foreclosure notice comes on the family home, his father, whose opposition to the boy's departure to New York was particularly noisome, experiences a major crisis of temptation himself. The title card identifies this as a "Griffith Short Story" vehicle, and it plays like one of Griffith's Biograph shorts, only much longer. It is not one of his most technically accomplished films, and there are some uncomfortable racial characterizations, though nothing of the kind witnessed in "The Birth of a Nation." But it is a chamber movie, sort of a sketch for "True Heart Susie" and "Way Down East," rural stories told on a more ambitious scale. It contains much of Griffith's idealized vision of his childhood Kentucky, and the desperation of the father may have drawn to some extent on Griffth's own father's struggles late in life. Overall, it is a sweet, unpretentious little film which mean, and does, no harm to anyone. Not a major masterpiece, but an attractive film in a genre that was a Griffith specialty, local in orientation but universal in theme.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Buying/renting a copy of this film timeddy
Discuss A Romance of Happy Valley (1919) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?