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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 »


John G. Blystone


Joseph Hergesheimer (novel), Benjamin Glazer (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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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


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>

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The greatest silent picture ever made comes back to you in an ALL TALKING VERSION OF JOSEPH HERGESHEIMER'S CELEBRATED STORY (Print ad- Reading Eagle, ((Reading, Penna.)) 5 December 1930)




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The lead role was originally offered to Gary Cooper, who wanted to take it, but he was under contract to Paramount Pictures at the time, which felt that loaning him out to a "B" studio like Columbia Pictures was too demeaning for both Cooper and Paramount and refused to loan him out. See more »


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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.

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Release Date:

15 November 1930 (USA) See more »

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Drengen der blev mand See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.20 : 1
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