The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is a remarkable motion picture reproduction of the play which Eugene Walter adapted from the novel by John Fox. Charlotte Walker, who was the star of the original stage production, is seen in the picture version, but to Theodore Roberts, who plays the role of Judd Tolliver, the aged head of the clan of Tollivers who make their headquarters in the lonesome by-ways of the Tennessee Mountains, must go the credit for giving the star performance.
Walker portrays the role of June, and Thomas Meighan is the young revenue officer with whom she falls in love. Earle Foxe as the cousin of June, and in love with her, gives a most capable performance. Scenically the picture is wonderful.
A wonderful vista, with a single giant pine stuck right in the center of it, is the introduction to the picture. Then the four principal characters are brought into view, one at a time. The sheriff of the county in which the Tollivers hold sway is certain that they are running a still for the production of illicit whiskey, but he cannot obtain the evidence. So he applies to the federal authorities and John Hale (Meighan) is sent into the mountains to assist the sheriff and run down the case.