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Tol'able David (1921)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Barthelmess ... David Kinemon
Gladys Hulette ... Esther Hatburn
Walter P. Lewis Walter P. Lewis ... Iscah Hatburn
Ernest Torrence ... Luke Hatburn
Ralph Yearsley Ralph Yearsley ... Saul 'Little Buzzard' Hatburn
Forrest Robinson Forrest Robinson ... Grandpa Hatburn
Laurence Eddinger Laurence Eddinger ... Sen. John Gault
Edmund Gurney Edmund Gurney ... Hunter Kinemon
Warner Richmond ... Allen Kinemon
Marion Abbott Marion Abbott ... Mother Kinemon
Patterson Dial Patterson Dial ... Rose Kinemon
Henry Hallam ... The Doctor
Lassie Lassie ... Lassie - a dog
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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.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

31 December 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David l'endurant See more »

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Production Co:

Inspiration Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD) | (restored print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Made on a limited budget. Most of the cast worked for $35 plus expenses. See more »

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Featured in Sprockets: Heart Throbs (1995) See more »

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Tol'able movie and much more
5 March 1999 | by VenardeSee all my reviews

Prepared to find this silent feature mawkish and slow, I got a pleasant surprise. This story of a boy's coming-of-age in rural America before the age of the automobile is somewhat sentimental and melodramatic, but never gratingly so. (And I can't sit through the 1934 "Little Women.") Richard Barthelmess is simply superb as the hero, capturing the changing moods, the giddy grandeur, silliness, and seriousness of the adolescent male. It's superb silent acting: his face goes from boyish to mature as the scenes demand. Also excellent is Ernest Torrence as the chief villain, who plays his outlaw not as just mean or greedy but genuinely creepy: he revels in the suffering of other creatures. Thus the movie suggests interesting things about the nature of criminality. It looks great, too: shot on location, beautifully composed, and with effective use of tinted film stock.


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