The Other Half (1919 film)

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The Other Half
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Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by King Vidor
Starring Florence Vidor
Charles Meredith
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Brentwood Film
Distributed by Exhibitors Mutual
Release date
  • August 18, 1919 (1919-08-18)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Other Half is a 1919 American drama film directed by King Vidor.[1]


As described in a film magazine,[2] Captain Donald Trent (Meredith), whose father owns the mills that are the chief industry of the small town, returns from service in the American Expeditionary Forces in France with a clear vision of humanity and humanity's rights, deciding to start work in the plant at the bottom. With him returns Corporal Jimmy (Butler), known by no other name, who takes back his old job at the mill. Donald's sweetheart Katherine (Vidor) comes around, as does Jennie Jones, The Jazz Kid (Pitts), making up the quartet. Then Trent Sr. (Allen) dies and Donald becomes manager of the mills, quickly losing his new found views. After an accident at the mills blinds Jimmy, Donald refuses to see him. Katherine, through the editorial pages of a newspaper she has purchased, reaches Donald's heart with her columns, and brings the quartet back together in unity and happiness.



  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Other Half". Retrieved March 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "Reviews: The Other Half". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (12): 64. September 13, 1919.

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