The Kid Brother (1927) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the muscles to match up to them, so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his strong father and also the love of beautiful Mary.

    - Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>
  • In the farming town of Hickoryville, bespectacled and slight Harold Hickory is the youngest of three sons of the town sheriff, Jim Hickory. Because Harold is not big and brawny like his brothers - he who spends his time devising contraptions that make physical work easier and/or faster, unlike his father and brothers who just muscle their way through their work - he is often neglected by his family, who relegate him to domestic duties, and do not include him in any matters of importance either within the farm work or the town. He is treated just as badly by Hank Hooper, one of the town bullies. Two things happen in town concurrently. First, Prof. Powers Original Mammoth Medicine Show arrives, and with it Mary Powers, the daughter of recently deceased Prof. Powers. That death has left the show in the hands of ruthless "Flash" Farrell. For Mary and Harold however, it's love at first sight, although Harold isn't sure if he is worthy of her. And second, Jim has just collected all the money from the town's residents for the long planned dam, which will support farming in the area. Jim will keep the money locked in his safe until the imminent celebration event at which time he will turn over the moneys to the state. These two items combined lead to issues which need to be resolved. If given the chance to help resolve these issue, Harold may show his family, Mary, Hank and the other townsfolk just what type of man he can be.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Meek country boy, Harold Hickory (Lloyd) is smitten by Mary Powers (Ralston), travelling with her late father's medicine show. When the show burns down, Harold invites her to stay at his house with his father and brothers. When the town's money is stolen by thugs from the medicine show, Harold's father is accused, and with encouragement from Mary, Harold sets out to find the real crooks.

    - Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>


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