Tol'able David (1921) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tol'able David (1921)

Tol'able David





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A peaceful Appalachian village is terrorized by a trio of demented hillbilly brothers with an appetite for destruction and violence. David Kinemon (Richard Barthelmess) is the youngest son of his father (Edmund Gurney) and mother (Marion Abbott). Luke Hatburn (Ernest Torrence) is let out of prison and with the help of his two brothers, kills David's beloved dog before murdering his father. His mother pleads with David not to seek revenge because he is needed more than ever on the family farm. When the degenerates cripple his older brother Allen (Warner Richmond), David and Luke have a final showdown that rates as one of the great fight scenes of the silent era. As a frantic female runs for help while the two rivals battle each other for control of a loaded pistol, a nearly dead David emerges and drives his brother's mail wagon safely to the village. This is the film debut for Ernest Torrence who, in this vengeful drama, portrayed the most despicable of cinematic villains ever seen. Negative crowd reaction to his character's malevolence was universal.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Joseph Hergesheimer, Henry King, Henry King, Edmund Goulding
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 1999
Universum Film A.G. (UFA)


Richard Barthelmess
as David Kinemon
Walter P. Lewis
as Iscar Hatburn
Ernest Torrence
as Luke Hatburn
Gladys Hulette
as Esther Hatburn
Ralph Yearsley
as Luke's Brother
Forrest Robinson
as Grandpa Hatburn
Warner P. Richmond
as Allen Kinemon
Marion Abbott
as David's Mother
Harry Hallam
as The Doctor
Patterson Dial
as Rose Kinemon
Lassie the Dog
as Racket, the dog
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Critic Reviews for Tol'able David

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

August 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for Tol'able David


There is a lot of drama going on in this movie, but it's realistic and heartfelt. If you like a good silent drama, see this movie. Personally, it didn't keep my interest enough because it was purely dramatic, and the ending is predictable.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

If you look up hardcore in the dictionary this is what you will see. David could kick Arnold's butt any day of the week.

With an engaging underdog protagonist, ample use of location shooting, and performances subtler than usual for the era, here's the rare silent movie that doesn't feel awkwardly staged.

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