Tol'able David

1921 film by Henry King, John G. Blystone

Tol'able David (1921) is a silent movie starring Richard Barthelmess. It is based on a story by Joseph Hergesheimer. The movie was produced and directed by Henry King for Inspiration Pictures.

Tol'able David
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Directed byHenry King
Produced byHenry King
Written byJoseph Hergesheimer (novel)
Edmund Goulding
Henry King
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Gladys Hulette
Walter P. Lewis
Ernest Torrence
CinematographyHenry Cronjager
Edited byW. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed byInspiration Pictures
Release date
31 December 1921
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent movie
English intertitles
Tol'able David.

The movie was voted a Photoplay Magazine 1921 "medal of honor". In 2007, Tol'able David was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


Young David Kinemon, son of West Virginia tenant farmers, wants to be treated like a man by his family and neighbors. He is constantly reminded that he is still a boy and he is only "tol'able" but not a man. He proves himself a man when outlaws move onto a nearby farm.

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