Tol'able David


1h 35m 1921

Brief Synopsis

David Kinemon, an easy-going, pleasant boy of the mountains is forced by circumstance to take his brother's place as the community mailman. David finds the task is a difficult one when he runs afoul of the vicious Hatburn brothers.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 21, 1921
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Inspiration Pictures
Distribution Company
Associated First National Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Tol'able David" by Joseph Hergesheimer in his The Happy Life (New York, 1919).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
7,118ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Allen Kinemon, driver of the stagecoach carrying the U. S. mail in the Virginia mountains, is the hero of his young romantic brother, David, who dreams of emulating him. Into their quiet community come the three Hatburns, fugitives from justice, who impose themselves upon the unwilling hospitality of Esther Hatburn's grandfather. When Allen sees the Hatburns attack his brother's dog, he warns them that he will avenge it, and Iscah Hatburn strikes him with a large rock that cripples him for life. David's father suffers a fatal stroke, and the boy is forced to accept the duties of heading the household; because of his mother's fear, he foregoes revenge for his brother and is branded a coward by the villagers. Forced by circumstances to deliver the mail, David encounters Hatburn, whom he engages in an unequal fight, but David proves to be a worthy successor to his brother and wins the heart of Esther.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 21, 1921
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Inspiration Pictures
Distribution Company
Associated First National Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Tol'able David" by Joseph Hergesheimer in his The Happy Life (New York, 1919).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
7,118ft (7 reels)

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The original adaptation was begun by D. W. Griffith and was partially used in the final scenario. Copyright records show Ralph Yearsley, an Australian actor, as Ralph Bausfield. Columbia Pictures released a sound adaptation of Tol'able David in 1930, directed by John G. Blystone and starring Richard Cromwell and Noah Beery (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30).