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The Valiant (1929)

After killing an unknown man for an unknown reason, a mysterious drifter turns himself to the law, under a false name intending to protect his own family's honor. But when the news of his ... See full summary »

Director:

William K. Howard

Writers:

Tom Barry (adaptation), Tom Barry (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Muni ... James Dyke
Marguerite Churchill ... Mary Douglas
Johnny Mack Brown ... Robert Ward (as John Mack Brown)
DeWitt Jennings ... Warden Holt
Edith Murgatroyd Edith Murgatroyd ... Mrs. Douglas (as Edith Yorke)
Clifford Dempsey Clifford Dempsey ... Police Lieutenant
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Father Daly
Henry Kolker ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Elliott ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

After killing an unknown man for an unknown reason, a mysterious drifter turns himself to the law, under a false name intending to protect his own family's honor. But when the news of his conviction breaks, the drifter's sister and mother seeks the possibility that the man is her long lost brother. Written by Nhb55840

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Dramatic Triumph Against Capitol Punishment Starring PAUL MUNI (Muni Wisenfriend) (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia,Penna.)) 14 July 1929)

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je suis un assassin See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The title is taken from Shakespeares "Julius Caesar; act 2 scene 2; "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." See more »

Goofs

James gets his fake last name from a calendar in the police station. The calendar says it is May 1928, but May 1st is shown as being on a Wednesday. May 1, 1928 was a Tuesday. See more »

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Version of The Valiant (1947) See more »

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Creaks, but still worth watching...
14 December 2011 | by xerses13See all my reviews

Paul Muni's (1895>1967) initial role in film earned him a Academy Award nomination for 'Best Actor' in a understated performance. He plays his role without the 'bravura' or 'historonics' that would mark most of his later roles the rest of his career. Just for that, THE VALIANT (1929) is worth watching.

Muni plays 'James Dyke' a alias to protect his Family back in Ohio. He is a self-confessed murderer who killed a Man for a undisclosed discretion with his only explanation 'he deserved it and God will understand'. Later suspected as a long lost Son he concocts a story to put his Family at ease which his Sister (first) and Mother buys. He is their Son's Friend who witnessed him get killed during the GREAT WAR (WWI) by a direct hit from a artillery shell, a '5.9'. For the historically interested that would be a German 15 Centimeter.

Running only 66" it will not tax the modern viewer. Like most early 'talky' films it is relatively static. Even though it is made at the FOX STUDIOS who used the advanced 'sound on film' technology from Western Electric. Marguerite Churchill (1910>2000) best know for Dracula's DAUGHTER (1936) and JOHNNY MACK BROWN (1904>1974) 'B' Westerns are also here for the ride. It is Muni though that will hold your interest. Recently restored, it is a fine illustration of the early sound Cinema.


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