Tol'able David

Live musical accompaniment by Frederick Hodges


Castro Theatre Sat, Dec 2, 2017 2:00 PM
$17 general / $15 member — no service charge!
Film Info
Director:Henry King
Cast:Richard Barthelmess
Gladys Hulette
Walter P. Lewis
Total Run Time:94 min.


D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms made Richard Barthelmess a star, but it was Henry King’s Tol’able David that cemented his place in the silent firmament. Barthelmess is the sensitive young David forced to confront brutal Goliaths in King’s rustic American coming-of-age tale. David’s serene Appalachian childhood comes to an end when a trio of outlaws terrorizes his town, crippling his brother and causing the death of his father.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation.
35mm print source: Museum of Modern Art

Introduction by Russell Merritt

Co-presented by BAMPFA

ASL interpretation provided
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Additional Information

Accompanied by Frederick Hodges

Classically trained as a concert pianist, Frederick Hodges has established a reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, singer, guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra, and dance band pianist with Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. His extensive repertoire includes all the best ragtime, stride, and novelty piano solo pieces. He has appeared on national television, radio, and in several Hollywood films. He is also a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. He performs regularly at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.