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The Valiant (1929)

After accidentally killing the key witness to a crime, a mysterious drifter turns himself to the law, under a false name intending to protect his own family. But when the news of his ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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After accidentally killing the key witness to a crime, a mysterious drifter turns himself to the law, under a false name intending to protect his own family. But when the news of his conviction breaks, an inspector investigates the man's past at the same time as the drifter's sister looks on the possibility that the man is her long lost brother, and she wants to prove his innocence. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Je suis un assassin  »

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The title is taken from Shakespeares "Julius Caesar; act 2 scene 2; "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." See more »

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Alternate-language version of El valiente (1930) See more »

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Two Oscar Nominations
28 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 60-minute film earned two Oscar noms: best actor for Paul Muni (in his film debut), and and writing nom.

A rather intriguing narrative setup has Muni turning himself in for murder, giving a false name, and refusing to give any information about the murder or offer an defense. Back in Ohio, a family reads the story and wonders if the killer is the long-lost brother. The younger sister heads to New York to see if she can discover his identity.

After a few implausible turns of events, the two meet, but the young woman (Marguerite Churchill) goes back home, convinced the killer is not her brother and that he may still be alive and well somewhere in the world.

Johnny Mack Brown plays the boy friend, Edith Yorke is the old mother, Henry Kolker is the judge, and DeWitt Jennings is the warden. This film was released right after Brown's talkie debut in Coquette with Mary Pickford. He has little to do here. As for Muni (never a favorite of mine) he gives a very subtle and subdued performance. He lost the Oscar to Warner Baxter for In Old Arizona.


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