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Weary River
     

Weary River

Director: Frank Lloyd, Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson, William Holden

Cast: Frank Lloyd, Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson, William Holden

 
Director Frank Lloyd was nominated for an Academy Award for this rather sappy gangster melodrama starring Richard Barthelmess and filmed as a silent with dialogue sequences. Sent up the river by a rival gangster, Jerry Larrabee (Barthelmess) is shown the way to redemption by an understanding warden (the silent era William Holden), who encourages the hoodlum's flair

Overview

Director Frank Lloyd was nominated for an Academy Award for this rather sappy gangster melodrama starring Richard Barthelmess and filmed as a silent with dialogue sequences. Sent up the river by a rival gangster, Jerry Larrabee (Barthelmess) is shown the way to redemption by an understanding warden (the silent era William Holden), who encourages the hoodlum's flair for singing sentimental love songs in general and "Weary River" (by Louis Silvers and Grant Clarke) in particular. Pardoned by the governor, Jerry attempts to make a go at it as a vaudeville entertainer billed as "the Master of Melody" but constant whispers of "Convict!" from the audience ruin his concentration and he returns to the old gang. On the night of the final confrontation with Spadoni (Louis Natheaux), the rival who framed him, Jerry is saved by the quick intervention of the warden and reformed gangster's moll Alice (Betty Compson). Watch closely for future stars Sally Eilers as a hat check girl, and Randolph Scott as Compson's theater companion. Weary River may be seen today in a version restored by UCLA and Turner Classic Movies.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Richard Barthelmess sings Louis Silvers and Grant Clarke's "Weary River" at least six times in this gangster drama/musical and a modern viewer may be excused for feeling not only weary but downright exhausted already by the third go-around. Weary River is really a talking picture with silent sequences rather than the other way around and the result is plenty of dreary dialogue exclaimed rather than merely spoken. There are clear signs of editing along the way and although billed sixth in the onscreen credits, African-American comedian Raymond Turner's contribution in the surviving print consists merely of opening and closing the doors to an elevator; the same amount of screen time, in fact, as Blue Washington, a fellow black comic, spotted ever so fleetingly having a bath in a prison tub.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0883316232217
Original Release:
1929
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
49,438

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Performance Credits
Richard Barthelmess Jerry Larrabee
Betty Compson Alice
William Holden Warden
Louis Natheaux Spadoni
George E. Stone Blackie
Raymond Turner Elevator Boy
Gladden James Manager
Robert E. O'Connor Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Lloyd Director
Grant Clarke Songwriter
Courtney Riley Cooper Original Story
Tom J. Geraghty Screenwriter
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
John Hughes Art Director
Bradley King Screenwriter
Paul Perez Editor
Max Ree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Schroeder Editor
Louis Silvers Songwriter

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