|Directed by||Karl Brown
Paul Wing (asst. director)
|Produced by||Karl Brown
|Written by||Karl Brown
Richard Pittack (asst. camera)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 28, 1927|
|Running time||70 minutes|
Stark Love (1927) is a feature film directed by Karl Brown and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is a maverick production in both design and concept, is a beautifully photographed mix of lyrical anthropology and action melodrama from director Karl Brown. “Man is absolute ruler. Woman is working slave.” Such are the rigid attitudes framing this tale of a country boy’s beliefs about chivalry that lead him to try to escape a brutal father with the girl he loves. Stark Love, was cast almost exclusively with amateur actors and filmed entirely in the Great Smoky Mountains, near Robbinsville, North Carolina.
An extensive account of the movie's making, and its aftermath, can be found in the book Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies by J. W. Williamson.
Forrest James is the father of Fob James, 48th governor of Alabama.
- Helen Mundy – Barbara Allen
- Forrest James – Rob Warwick
- Reb Grogan – 'Quill' Allen
- Silas Miracle – Jason Warwick
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