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The Headless Horseman (1922)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 5 November 1922 (USA)
The village of Sleepy Hollow is getting ready to greet the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York. Crane has already heard of the village's legendary ghost, a ... See full summary »


Washington Irving (story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), Carl Stearns Clancy (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
Will Rogers ... Ichabod Crane
Lois Meredith ... Katrina Van Tassel
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Abraham Van Brunt ('Brom Bones')
Charles E. Graham Charles E. Graham ... Hans Van Ripper
Mary Foy ... Dame Martling
Bernard A. Reinold Bernard A. Reinold ... Baltus Van Tassel (as Bernard Reinold)
Downing Clarke Downing Clarke ... Dominie Heckwelder
Jerry Devine Jerry Devine ... Adrian Van Ripper
James Sheridan ... Jethro Martling (as Sheridan Tansey)
Kay MacCausland Kay MacCausland ... Elsa Vanderdonck
Nancy Chase Nancy Chase ... Gretchen
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The village of Sleepy Hollow is getting ready to greet the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York. Crane has already heard of the village's legendary ghost, a headless horseman who is said to be searching for the head that he lost in battle. The schoolteacher has barely arrived when he begins to pursue the beautiful young heiress Katrina Van Tassel, angering Abraham Van Brunt, who is courting her. Crane's harsh, small-minded approach to teaching also turns some of the villagers against him. Soon there many who would like to see him leave the village altogether. Written by Snow Leopard

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This picture you will come miles to see rain or shine. (Print Ad-Decorah Public Opinion,((Decorah, Iowa)) 22 November 1922)


Comedy | Drama | Horror


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Watchable Version of the Story, But No More
12 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This adaptation of the Washington Irving story is watchable, and it has some good moments, but that's the best you can say about it. It makes you feel as if somewhere it missed the opportunity to be a little better. While it tells the story in a clear and capable fashion, that's about all it does. There is never really a distinctive atmosphere or any sustained tension, and there are only a few brief moments of comic relief, despite ample opportunities for any or all of these.

It seems a bit of a shame to have the thoroughly likable Will Rogers portray a smug and rather petty character like Ichabod Crane. Rogers does a satisfactory job, but he is limited by what the role has to offer. The other characters likewise are believable, and are recognizable from the story, but it needed some atmosphere or creative touches to make the characters and the situation more compelling.

It's probably still worth seeing for silent movie fans. The climactic sequence - which offers material much more cinematic in nature than the rest of the narrative - is done well, and it allows the movie to end with some energy.

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