Weary River

Weary River

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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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.

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: 78,592

Cast & Crew

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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