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The Jack-Knife Man (1920)

Approved | | Drama | 1 August 1920 (USA)
A lonely old riverboat man is left a child by a dying mother. The old man and the boy grow to love one another. The village snoop feels the child would be better off in an orphanage and the... See full summary »

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Ellis Parker Butler (novel), William Parker (scenario)
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Cast overview:
F.A. Turner ... Peter Lane (as Fred Turner)
Harry Todd ... 'Booge'
Bobby Kelso Bobby Kelso ... 'Buddy'
Willis Marks Willis Marks ... Rasmer Briggles
Lillian Leighton ... Widow Potter
James Corrigan James Corrigan ... George Rapp
Claire McDowell ... Lize Merdin (as Claire MacDowell)
Charles Arling ... The Doctor
Florence Vidor ... Mrs. Marcia Montgomery
Irene Yeager Irene Yeager ... Susie (as Irene Yaeger)
Carol Marshall Carol Marshall ... Jane
Anna Dodge Anna Dodge ... Undetermined Role (as Mrs. George Hernandez)
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A lonely old riverboat man is left a child by a dying mother. The old man and the boy grow to love one another. The village snoop feels the child would be better off in an orphanage and the sheriff is sent to try to take the child away. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hittebarnet See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fine performances from all extracted by King Vidor.
25 February 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Veteran stage performer Fred Turner portrays Peter Lane, a shantyboat resident who is unexpectedly placed in the position of caretaker for a three year-old boy, due to the death of the boy's mother, and who faces a wide range of challenges in this extraordinarily well-made and scripted 1920 silent, which benefits from the directing and writing skills of King Vidor. Strong acting is in evidence from Turner, Harry Todd as a good-hearted tramp whose role becomes very important, Florence Vidor, Lillian Leighton and James Corrigan, as the film showcases a large dose of clever writing, building to a satisfying and sentimental climax. Most of the work's activity takes place in Lane's houseboat, which possesses the healing powers of home to him, as he attempts to ward off the nuptial blandishments of an attractive widow. The film is marked by a very gentle nature, is graced with delightful moments of humour and is an excellent early example of Vidor's proletarian stylistics and his mastery of montage, all enhanced by the entirely appropriate original organ score performed by Rosa Rio.


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