Stark Love

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Stark Love
Directed by Karl Brown
Paul Wing (asst. director)
Produced by Karl Brown
William LeBaron
Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written by Karl Brown
Walter Woods
Starring Helen Mundy
Forrest James
Cinematography James Murray
Richard Pittack (asst. camera)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) February 28, 1927
Running time 70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
(English intertitles)

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.

In 2009, it was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and will be preserved for all time.[1]

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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