Review: ‘Tol’able David’

In his first picture Richard Cromwell does surprisingly well. He looks the part and John Blystone, directing, covers him up splendidly by curtailing his lines to a minimum.

In his first picture Richard Cromwell does surprisingly well. He looks the part and John Blystone, directing, covers him up splendidly by curtailing his lines to a minimum.

Columbia execs and Blystone must have sat through the [1921] silent print time after time as there’s an absolute parallel between the two interpretations. The studio evidently made up its mind it couldn’t improve on Henry King’s superb silent job.

The story [from Joseph Hergesheimer’s of the same name] borders on the feud theme and is localed in the Virginia hills. Young David, chafing at being the youngest of the family, finally comes into his own when his elder brother is crippled and his father dies as he is about to launch a vengeance campaign.

Beery does excellently as the uncouth villain while Peter Richmond [John Carradine] makes the small part of the halfwit brother count.

Tol'able David

Production

Columbia. Director John G. Blystone; Screenplay Benjamin Glazer; Camera Ted Tetzlaff; Editor Glenn Wheeler; Art Director Edward Jewell

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Richard Cromwell Noah Beery Joan Peers Henry B. Walthall Tom Keene
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