5.0/10
180
9 user 4 critic

The Headless Horseman (1922)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 5 November 1922 (USA)
The village of Sleepy Hollow is getting ready to greet the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York. Crane has already heard of the village's legendary ghost, a ... See full summary »

Writers:

(story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), (adaptation)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Seven college kids take a shortcut on their way to a party and unfortunately end up in Wormwood, where the spirit of the Headless Horseman hunts them one by one.

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Stars: Billy Aaron Brown, Rebecca Mozo, Richard Moll
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (TV Movie 1999)
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Ichabod Crane, a Yankee wanderer, arrives in Sleepy Hollow and becomes the new schoolmaster. He meets Katrina Van Tassel, and blissfully fantasizes about how can marry her, ultimately, ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Gang
Stars: Brent Carver, Rachelle Lefevre, Vlasta Vrana
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

A phantom horseman who appears every night with a human head tucked under his arm lets it be known that he is searching for eight gunfighters.

Director: John Kirkland
Stars: Ultra Violet, Marland Proctor, Claudia Reame
Animation | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In this classic tale based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Ichabod Crane, the town's new schoolmaster, is instantly enamored with Katrina Van Tassel, but he must compete for her love with... See full summary »

Director: Shane Williams
Stars: Clancy Brown, Tia Carrere, Mark Hamill
The Headless Horseman (Video 2016)
Short | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Fawn
Stars: Joe Addair, Fawn, Christine Jace
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Angered that Katrina has grown fond of schoolmaster Crane, Brom Bones determines to scare off the interloper by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman. Crane disparages ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Schellerup
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Paul Sand, Meg Foster
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story begins with a scientist creating a device shaped like a man that can be remote-controlled by a machine.

Director: André Deed
Stars: Giulia Costa, André Deed, Valentina Frascaroli
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ichabod Crane
... Katrina Van Tassel
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Abraham Van Brunt ('Brom Bones')
Charles E. Graham ... Hans Van Ripper
... Dame Martling
Bernard A. Reinold ... Baltus Van Tassel (as Bernard Reinold)
Downing Clarke ... Dominie Heckwelder
Jerry Devine ... Adrian Van Ripper
James Sheridan ... Jethro Martling (as Sheridan Tansey)
Kay MacCausland ... Elsa Vanderdonck
Nancy Chase ... Gretchen
Edit

Storyline

The village of Sleepy Hollow is getting ready to greet the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York. Crane has already heard of the village's legendary ghost, a headless horseman who is said to be searching for the head that he lost in battle. The schoolteacher has barely arrived when he begins to pursue the beautiful young heiress Katrina Van Tassel, angering Abraham Van Brunt, who is courting her. Crane's harsh, small-minded approach to teaching also turns some of the villagers against him. Soon there many who would like to see him leave the village altogether. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This picture you will come miles to see rain or shine. (Print Ad-Decorah Public Opinion,((Decorah, Iowa)) 22 November 1922)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 November 1922 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first feature photographed on panchromatic negative film, which was equally sensitive to all colors of the spectrum, unlike the earlier orthochromatic film, which rendered blue skies and blue eyes as pale white. See more »

Connections

Version of The Wind in the Willows (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Perhaps Ichabod Crane was never meant to be a movie hero
17 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

For those of us who live in Tarrytown, New York, a town whose northern neighbor is called Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman is never far from our consciousness. Irving lived here, wrote here and set many of his stories in the area. The image of the Horseman is used in logos for a number of local businesses, and the souvenir shops are chock-a-block with Sleepy Hollow memorabilia, especially since Tim Burton's 'Sleepy Hollow' came out a couple of years ago. The Horseman has decidedly edged out Rip Van Winkle as Irving's best remembered tale, or at least his most heavily commercialized one. The Disney studio produced a terrific Headless Horseman cartoon in the late '40s, by far the best screen adaptation to date, but when it comes to live action the tale doesn't seem to lend itself readily to the cinema, and this silent feature film starring Will Rogers demonstrates why.

The Oklahoma-born Rogers was a most likable screen figure, and on a purely visual level his offbeat casting as Yankee schoolmaster Ichabod Crane works surprisingly well, though he couldn't have played an Easterner convincingly in a talkie. (Although come to think of it, Will did just that in the 1931 version of Twain's Connecticut Yankee; perhaps his casting in that case was something of an inside joke). But anyone expecting a comic rendition of this story featuring Rogers' characteristic wit will be disappointed, for the filmmakers followed Washington Irving's story all too faithfully, giving us an Ichabod Crane who is deeply unsympathetic. We expect comedy when we first see Will dressed as Ichabod, looking so gawky in his 18th century clothes and funny little pigtail, but Rogers plays it straight; his Ichabod is a pompous nerd, just as the story dictates. When the schoolroom sequence begins we expect Our Gang-style gags with pea-shooters or something similar, but this Yankee schoolmaster is self-righteous, prissy and stern. When a boy makes a sassy comment about the local flirt, Ichabod beats him briskly. What humor there is comes from the title cards, generally at Ichabod's expense, as he makes one foolish, arrogant remark after another.

All of this serves the story Washington Irving wrote, but it doesn't serve our nominal star, Will Rogers, or the demands of entertaining cinema. We don't like our "hero" Ichabod Crane very much, in fact he comes off as a jerk: the title cards make it explicitly clear that his courtship of local belle Katrina Van Tassel is driven by greed for her money and property. What a guy! So if we don't like the leading man, who else is there? We are told, again by one of those convenient title cards, that Ichabod's rival Brom Bones isn't such a bad sort, but the next thing we know, Brom is enjoying a cockfight with great enthusiasm -- and shortly afterward, inflamed by jealousy over Katrina, he attempts to use fake evidence to establish that Ichabod is in league with the devil, and nearly gets the guy tarred and feathered by local hotheads. So much for Brom Bones. And as for Katrina, she prefers Brom.

So, we've got a story with absolutely no one to root for, where even the charismatic Will Rogers comes off as a greedy, conceited little schnook, in a town full of rubes, dupes, and superstitious fools. (I should add that where my fellow citizens are concerned, to paraphrase Monty Python, "We got better.") This adaptation of The Headless Horseman does have nice period detail and some amusing touches along the way, and the climactic chase is well-handled and stirring. In sum, however, this film suggests that Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow is inherently off-putting material for a live action feature film, and it did so long before Tim Burton proved the point, once and for all.


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed