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The Headless Horseman (1922)





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Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane -- now, that's interesting casting! Opinions were mixed on whether he fit the role or not. While he wasn't quite the physical ideal for the gangling schoolmaster, his gawkiness was certainly in the right place. Sometimes, however, he was too gawky -- when the picture occasionally drags, Rogers seems a bit awkward. The Headless Horseman, of course, is an adaptation of Washington Irving's famed story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. When Crane comes to teach in Sleepy Hollow (a Dutch settlement in America circa 1790), he falls for pretty Katrina Van Tassel (Lois Meredith). This does not sit well with Katrina's suitor, Brom Bones (Ben Hendricks, Jr.). First he has Crane accused of practicing witchcraft, but old Van Tassel saves the schoolmaster from being tarred and feathered. Then Brom scares Crane with old ghost stories, and the headless horseman (actually Brom in disguise) chases him out of Sleepy Hollow. In case you're wondering, yes, this picture was a Halloween, 1922 release.


Will Rogers
as Ichabod Crane
Lois Meredith
as Katrina Van Tassel
Ben Hendricks Jr.
as "Brom" Bonez

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At first this looked like it might be a cool creepy horror movie, but then it gets dull and tiring. It's more about witchcraft and folk legends than the headless horseman. The movie spends too much time talking about these things rather than showing them. I did like the ending, though it wasn't at all what I expected.

Aj V
Aj V

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While the story is timeless, and the characters are classics. I would have to say that this 1922 silent starring Will Rogers is horrid. The quality is horrendous and the soundtrack is unbearable. It is a very true retelling of the Washington Irving story but it doesn't transfer well to this film. Dry, Boring, yet slightly comedic, this version of the Headless Horsemen is one of dullest versions ever. Will Rogers is great but drab. I really cant wait until i reach the talkies, silents are getting on my nerves. There are 30 min. of the film dedicated to Ichabod Crane (Rogers) getting tarred and feathered. It is a waste of time watching those scenes. There are some saving parts to this movie though, even though the transfer from film to DVD is crap. You can tell this is a higher quality film grade. Its this way because it is the first feature photographed on panchromatic negative film, which was equally sensitive to all colors. Unlike the earlier film, which rendered blue skies and blue eyes as pale white. I would have to give this film a 4/10, its saving factor is its comedy and ever so slight charm. Watch this movie on YouTube don't buy it Sid

Brandon Siddall
Brandon Siddall

Super Reviewer

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