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The Family Honor (1920)


King Vidor (as King W. Vidor)




Cast overview:
Florence Vidor ... Beverly Tucker
Roscoe Karns ... Dal Tucker
Ben Alexander ... Little Ben Tucker
Charles Meredith ... Merle Curran
George Nichols ... Mayor Curran
J.P. Lockney J.P. Lockney ... Felix
Willis Marks Willis Marks ... Dobbs
Harold Goodwin ... The Grocer Boy


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A Thrilling Drama of an Aristocratic Youth Who Runs the Gamut of Gay Dissipation Until He faces the gallows For Murder. A Love Story and Romance of Sunny Southland. (Print Ad- Yonkers Statesman,((Yonkers, NY)) 26 February 1921)









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15 March 1920 (USA) See more »

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The Battle of Youth See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Family's Shame
2 June 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The Tucker family has fallen on hard times and is down to their dilapidated home, their last dollar and the last chicken in the yard, when home comes their last hope: Roscoe Karns, who takes the last dollar to pay the cab fare, eats the chicken and gets a job running a roulette wheel at the local dance hall.

King Vidor's movies always told their stories in strong visual terms, and the cinematography by Ira Morgan in this work is beautiful and compelling: Florence Vidor is, unsurprisingly, shot lovingly in closeup. However, Mr. Vidor also had a strong streak of melodrama verging on bathos and that is also in evidence here: Roscoe Karns' exit from the courtroom near the end is ludicrous.

Also worthy of a little mockery is the performance by Charles Meredith as the juvenile. With his Harold Lloyd glasses, imposing physique, movie job as a reporter and passive manner, he suggests Clark Kent. Furthermore, although he is supposed to be in love with Florence Vidor, he seems to spend most of his time gazing at Roscoe Karns, and shows a most peculiar agitation when it appears that Karns will be hanged for murder.

Well, even Jove nods and you need to see Vidor's excesses to appreciate how sometimes they can work brilliantly. Certainly the movie is beautiful and while I cannot recommend the story, the pictures are worth the price of admission.

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