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* EvilIsPetty: In addition to killing animals at random, Luke Hatburn steals David's mailbag just so he can make it look as though he lost it.

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* EvilIsPetty: In addition to killing animals at random, Luke Hatburn steals David's mailbag just so he can make it look as though he David lost it.


''Tol'able David'' is a 1921 silent film directed by Henry King, based on a short story by Joseph Hergesheimer. Richard Barthelmess stars as David Kinemon, a teenaged boy in the bucolic rural town of Greenstream, Virginia, who lives with his parents and his older brother Allan. David longs to prove himself as a man, but his family still looks at him as a boy, and only "tol'able" (tolerable). David courts pretty Esther Hatburn, who lives on the farm next door, but she too sees him only as "tol'able". Allan won't let David help with the family business--driving the mail cart around the area--and when Allan's wife has a baby, David is judged too young to have a celebratory cigar.

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''Tol'able David'' is a 1921 silent film directed by Henry King, based on a short story by Joseph Hergesheimer. Richard Barthelmess stars as David Kinemon, a teenaged boy in the bucolic rural town of Greenstream, Virginia, who lives with his parents and his older brother Allan. David longs to prove himself as a man, but his family still looks at him as a boy, and only "tol'able" (tolerable). David courts pretty Esther Hatburn, who lives on the farm next door, but she too sees him only as "tol'able". Allan won't let David help with the family business--driving the mail cart around the area--and when Allan's wife has a baby, David is judged too young to have a [[ProudPapaPassesOutTheCigars celebratory cigar.
cigar]].

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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: Luke Hatburn's "peculiar humor" is to kill whatever crosses his path. He almost clubs his cousin's cat with a rock before he's interrupted, and he beats David's dog to death with a stick for no reason.


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* EvilIsPetty: In addition to killing animals at random, Luke Hatburn steals David's mailbag just so he can make it look as though he lost it.

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* PoliceAreUseless: While Hunter Kinemon prefers to avenge Allan himself, the Greenstream sheriff never takes any action against the Hatburns after Hunter dies of a heart attack, even though Allan was assaulted in full view of two of his passengers, and the Hatburns are wanted fugitives. When Grandpa Hatburn complains that the family's terrorizing him and his daughter, the sheriff's only comment is that the jail is full and court won't be held for another three months. It's not until Esther claims David's been killed that a posse/lynch mob gathers to take matters into its own hands (and by that point, David's already disposed of the Hatburns himself).


* HollywoodHeartAttack: David's father Hunter intents to visit vigilante justice on the Hatburns, but is prevented from doing so by an abrupt heart attack.

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* HollywoodHeartAttack: David's father Hunter intents intends to visit vigilante justice on the Hatburns, but is prevented from doing so by an abrupt heart attack.

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*HollywoodHeartAttack: David's father Hunter intents to visit vigilante justice on the Hatburns, but is prevented from doing so by an abrupt heart attack.


* DramaticIrony: Just after the scene where David's dog is killed and his brother crippled, we see David, who knows nothing about this, imagining his brother in rich clothes, driving his carriage with the dog seated next to him.

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* DramaticIrony: Just after the scene where David's dog is killed and his brother crippled, we see David, who knows nothing about this, imagining his brother himself in rich clothes, driving his a fine carriage with the dog seated next to him.

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*DramaticIrony: Just after the scene where David's dog is killed and his brother crippled, we see David, who knows nothing about this, imagining his brother in rich clothes, driving his carriage with the dog seated next to him.


* DisappearedDad[=/=]MissingMom: No clue as to where Esther's parents are.


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* ParentalAbandonment: No clue as to where Esther's parents are.


* WholePlotReference: Creator/HaroldLloyd's 1927 comedy ''Film/TheKidBrother'' is in many ways one to this film.


'''''Tol'able David''''' is a 1921 silent film directed by Henry King, based on a short story by Joseph Hergesheimer. Richard Barthelmess stars as David Kinemon, a teenaged boy in the bucolic rural town of Greenstream, Virginia, who lives with his parents and his older brother Allan. David longs to prove himself as a man, but his family still looks at him as a boy, and only "tol'able" (tolerable). David courts pretty Esther Hatburn, who lives on the farm next door, but she too sees him only as "tol'able". Allan won't let David help with the family business--driving the mail cart around the area--and when Allan's wife has a baby, David is judged too young to have a celebratory cigar.

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'''''Tol'able David''''' ''Tol'able David'' is a 1921 silent film directed by Henry King, based on a short story by Joseph Hergesheimer. Richard Barthelmess stars as David Kinemon, a teenaged boy in the bucolic rural town of Greenstream, Virginia, who lives with his parents and his older brother Allan. David longs to prove himself as a man, but his family still looks at him as a boy, and only "tol'able" (tolerable). David courts pretty Esther Hatburn, who lives on the farm next door, but she too sees him only as "tol'able". Allan won't let David help with the family business--driving the mail cart around the area--and when Allan's wife has a baby, David is judged too young to have a celebratory cigar.


''Tol'able David'' is considered one of the great works of American silent film, and was selected for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.

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''Tol'able David'' is considered one of the great works of American silent film, and was selected for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry. \n Compare ''Film/StarkLove'', a 1927 film also in the Registry that offers a far darker take on life in UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}}.


''Tol'able David'' is considered one of the great works of American silent film. It was selected for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.

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''Tol'able David'' is considered one of the great works of American silent film. It film, and was selected for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.
UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.


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* WholePlotReference: Creator/HaroldLloyd's 1927 comedy ''Film/TheKidBrother'' is in many ways one to this film.

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