Richard Barthelmess


Directed by                     Henry King
Produced by                   Inspiration Pictures
Scenario by                    Edmund Goulding and Henry King
Based on                         the short story “Tol’able David” by Joseph Hergesheimer
Starring                          Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Ernest Torrence, Forrest Robinson, Marion Abbott, Edmund Gurney, Warner Richmond
Cinematography            Henry Cronjager
Distributed by                First National Exhibitors’ Circuit
Release date                    December 31, 1921
Running time                  93 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                        Silent film, English intertitles


This movie is part of our series "Other Favorite Films". This category includes films that do not feature a particular star from our site, but which in our view represent a major contribution of a silent movie to the Arts and Culture of the world.


"Tol'able David" is a rousing drama of small-town America, in which Richard Barthelmess plays one of his most memorable roles.

David (Richard Barthelmess) is a young fellow, who is constantly reminded that he is not mature enough for a grown-man's job.  Then dramatic events occur and he has the opportunity to prove himself when he is pushed to the limit in circumstances, which very few "real men" can handle.


"Tol'able David" was added to the National Film Registry in 2007 as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The film is ranked number 48 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

It has an outstanding rating in IMDB.

Tol'able David (1921) on IMDb



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   Richard Barthelmess and Gladys Hulette