The Valiant (1929 film)
|Directed by||William K. Howard|
|Produced by||William Fox|
Johnny Mack Brown
|Edited by||Jack Dennis|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|May 19, 1929|
The film stars Paul Muni, Marguerite Churchill, DeWitt Jennings, Henry Kolker, Edith Yorke, Richard Carlyle, and Johnny Mack Brown. The film was Muni's film debut and Howard's first sound film. In 1940 it was remade as The Man Who Wouldn't Talk with Lloyd Nolan.
Screenwriters Tom Barry and John Hunter Booth adapted the play of the same name by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass. The original play opened on Broadway on May 4, 1926 for just one performance, though it was successful on vaudeville.
- Paul Muni - James Dyke
- Marguerite Churchill - Mary Douglas
- DeWitt Jennings - Warden Holt
- Henry Kolker - Judge
- Edith Yorke - Mrs. Douglas
- Richard Carlyle - Father Daly
- Johnny Mack Brown - Robert Ward
- Clifford Dempsey - Police Lieutenant
- Robert Elliott - (scenes cut)
- George C. Pearce - Dr. Edmondson
- Don Terry - Policeman
A man condemned to execution (Muni) tries to convince two women (Yorke and Churchill) and that he is not their son and brother, and that they must get on with their lives.
Comparison with original play
The original play's plot is actually quite convoluted. The basic story of the plot is that a half an hour before a murderer's execution, the Warden and the Prison Chaplain attempt to discern the prisoner's identity. He meets his long lost sister, although the end is slightly ambiguous if one is not paying attention. The play ends with the exit of the murderer, the Chaplain and the Warden.
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