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31 December 1921 (USA) See more »
When three thuggish men are responsible for the death of his father and the crippling of his brother, young David must choose between supporting his family or risking his life and exacting vengeance. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Barthelmess ... David Kinemon

Gladys Hulette ... Esther Hatburn
Walter P. Lewis ... Iscah Hatburn

Ernest Torrence ... Luke Hatburn
Ralph Yearsley ... Saul 'Little Buzzard' Hatburn
Forrest Robinson ... Grandpa Hatburn
Laurence Eddinger ... Sen. John Gault
Edmund Gurney ... Hunter Kinemon

Warner Richmond ... Allen Kinemon
Marion Abbott ... Mother Kinemon
Patterson Dial ... Rose Kinemon

Henry Hallam ... The Doctor
Lassie ... Lassie - a dog

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
Joseph Hergesheimer (novel)

Edmund Goulding 
Henry King 

Produced by
Henry King .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Israel (1999)
Cinematography by
Henry Cronjager 
Film Editing by
Duncan Mansfield  (as W. Duncan Mansfield)

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99 min | 80 min (DVD)
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Portugal:17 (original rating)
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Clips from this film are shown during William Castle's The Tingler (1959).See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Fine, if troubling, silent classic, 31 January 2000
Author: mgmax from Chicago

In many ways this silent classic reminded me of what I liked-- and didn't like-- about a much more recent film, Sling Blade. Both are sensitively observed movies that not only depict but genuinely seem to embody the simpler rhythms of country life. And both ultimately end in a way that may satisfy an audience's bloodlust-- but left me somewhat dismayed that the story had taken that turn. (The violence makes the movie seem much more modern than most films of its time.) That said, there's no denying that this was one of the most accomplished movies of its time; Barthelmess's portrait of eager juvenility is beautifully observed and completely charming, and King's handling is quite sophisticated in the way it tells a story through the eyes of a character who is really secondary to the action through the first half or so.

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