The Fighting Coward


1h 6m 1924

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 30, 1924
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 16 Mar 1924
Production Company
Famous Players--Lasky
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Magnolia by Booth Tarkington (New York, 27 Aug 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6,501ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Tom Rumford, a southerner reared by Quaker relatives in the North, has been taught not to fight, and consequently he incurs the disfavor of his family when he refuses to duel with Major Patterson for the favor of his (Tom's) Cousin Elvira. Because everyone except Elvira's sister, Lucy, regards Tom as a coward, he secretly learns from General Jackson all he can about the use of swords and guns. Under the name of Colonel Blake, Tom cows bully Captain Blackie and revenges himself on Major Patterson. Tom wins Lucy's love when he explains that the affair was all a bluff.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 30, 1924
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 16 Mar 1924
Production Company
Famous Players--Lasky
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Magnolia by Booth Tarkington (New York, 27 Aug 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6,501ft (7 reels)

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Notes

Booth Tarkington's play was also the basis for the 1929 Paramount production River of Romance, directed by Richard Wallace and starring Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Mary Brian (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30) and the 1935 Paramount production Mississippi, directed by A. Edward Sutherland and starring Bing Crosby and W.C. Fields (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40).