7.2/10
21
1 user 4 critic

Tol'able David (1930)

Young David Kinemon is a good-natured, easy-going lad in a mountain village. Circumstances force him to take his brother's place as mailman for the community, and this brings him into ... See full summary »

Director:

John G. Blystone

Writers:

Joseph Hergesheimer (novel), Benjamin Glazer (continuity) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis
The Tingler (1959)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A big-time, but honest gambler has to prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps, and taking up gambling.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue
Surrender (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

French POW Dumaine is sequestered near the castle of a prideful Prussian nobleman, Count Reinmacher, who lives for the day that his four sons will march triumphantly into Paris. Axelle, the... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Warner Baxter, Leila Hyams, Ralph Bellamy
Johnny Eager (1941)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The daughter of a district attorney falls in love with a gangster who her father is trying to have imprisoned.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold
Applause (1929)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr.
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Navy divers clear the torpedo tube of a sunken submarine.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Kenneth MacKenna, Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald
Rango (1931)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The frame story is narrated by a white father to his son. He explains that man's closest relative in nature is the orangutan, which translates literally as "man of the forest." He then ... See full summary »

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Jaro F├╝rth, Claude King, Rango
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Cromwell ... David Kinemon
Noah Beery ... Luke
Joan Peers ... Esther Hatburn
Henry B. Walthall ... Amos Hatburn
Tom Keene ... Alan Kinemon
Edmund Breese ... Hunter Kinemon
Barbara Bedford ... Rose Kinemon
Helen Ware ... Mrs. Kinemon
Harlan Knight Harlan Knight ... Iska Hatburn
John Carradine ... Buzzard Hatburn (as Peter Richmond)
James Bradbury Sr. James Bradbury Sr. ... Galt
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Doctor
Edit

Storyline

Young David Kinemon is a good-natured, easy-going lad in a mountain village. Circumstances force him to take his brother's place as mailman for the community, and this brings him into deadly contact with the vicious Hatburn brothers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drengen der blev mand See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Richard Cromwell. See more »

Connections

Version of Tol'able David (1921) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Just barely tol'able.

The 1921 drama "Tol'able David" is one of the classics of silent film: deservedly so, and much of the credit goes to the sensitively virile performance of Richard Barthelmess and the understated directing of the great Henry King. This early sound-era remake is faithful to the original story, but is far inferior to its predecessor. The prolific director John Blystone is no Henry King, and Richard Cromwell is no Barthelmess.

The plot here is the same as in the silent version, and has already been well summarised on IMDb. John Carradine's fans will be pleased to see him here (under his previous screen name) as a hillbilly named Buzzard, giving precisely the performance you'd expect to see from John Carradine as a hillbilly named Buzzard. Carradine doesn't disappoint here, but nor does he surprise. The best performance in these-heah parts is supplied by Noah Beery, as the patriarch of the villainous family who test David's mettle. Also quite good, in a much smaller role, is James Bradbury as the local postmaster.

There's nothing especially wrong with this early talkie, but there's nothing especially good about it either. The photography is impressive, but the editing and production design are nothing to write home about ... and Richard Cromwell simply isn't a strong enough actor to carry a film in the lead role. The silent version of "Tol'able David" is much better. I'll rate this remake just 5 out of 10, mostly for its cast of familiar screen faces.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed