The Valiant (1929)

66 mins | Melodrama | 19 May 1929

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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Valiant was 31 Jan 1929.
       Robert M. Middlemass and Holworthy Hall's one-act play was published in McClure's (Mar 1921). According to contemporary information, the play was revived many times in regional and college productions, and was performed in vaudeville by Bert Lytell in the early 1920s, but had only two Broadway performances, one in 1926 and another in 1928. In the play, all of the action takes place in the office of the prison warden.
       The 1929 motion picture adaptation marked the screen of Broadway and Yiddish theater actor Paul Muni (1895--1967), one of the most acclaimed screen actors of his generation. Muni's performance in The Valiant received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor of the year. [Although nominations were not announced at the time, Muni is listed as having received a nomination on the AMPAS official website, oscars.org, with the notation that his name was under consideration by the board of judges.] Muni, who was under contract to Warner Bros. throughout the 1930s, received an Academy Award for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1938, see above), in addition to four other nominations throughout his career.
       El valiente , a Spanish-language version of this film, was produced in 1930 (See Entry). In 1940, Twentieth Century-Fox released another adaptation of The Valiant . Entitled The Man Who Wouldn't Talk , that film was directed by David Burton and starred Lloyd Nolan and Jean Rogers. For information on other adaptations of the play, consult ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Valiant was 31 Jan 1929.
       Robert M. Middlemass and Holworthy Hall's one-act play was published in McClure's (Mar 1921). According to contemporary information, the play was revived many times in regional and college productions, and was performed in vaudeville by Bert Lytell in the early 1920s, but had only two Broadway performances, one in 1926 and another in 1928. In the play, all of the action takes place in the office of the prison warden.
       The 1929 motion picture adaptation marked the screen of Broadway and Yiddish theater actor Paul Muni (1895--1967), one of the most acclaimed screen actors of his generation. Muni's performance in The Valiant received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor of the year. [Although nominations were not announced at the time, Muni is listed as having received a nomination on the AMPAS official website, oscars.org, with the notation that his name was under consideration by the board of judges.] Muni, who was under contract to Warner Bros. throughout the 1930s, received an Academy Award for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1938, see above), in addition to four other nominations throughout his career.
       El valiente , a Spanish-language version of this film, was produced in 1930 (See Entry). In 1940, Twentieth Century-Fox released another adaptation of The Valiant . Entitled The Man Who Wouldn't Talk , that film was directed by David Burton and starred Lloyd Nolan and Jean Rogers. For information on other adaptations of the play, consult the entry above. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
9 Mar 1929
p. 41.
Film Daily
19 May 1929.
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New York Times
13 May 1929
p. 27.
Variety
15 May 1929
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert M. Middlemass (copyrighted 29 Sep 1920
New York opening, 4 May 1926).
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 May 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 May 1929
Production Date:
began 31 January 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 May 1929
Copyright Number:
LP366
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq by Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in feet):
5,537
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

James Dyke kills a man in a squalid tenement and then gives himself up to the police. Refusing to give his rightful name, he is quickly tried and sentenced to be executed. His aged mother sees a poorly reproduced picture of James in an Ohio newspaper and, thinking it might be of her missing son, sends her daughter, Mary, east to see James in prison. James convinces Mary that he is not her brother, however, telling her that her brother died a hero in the World War. James then goes resignedly to his ... +


James Dyke kills a man in a squalid tenement and then gives himself up to the police. Refusing to give his rightful name, he is quickly tried and sentenced to be executed. His aged mother sees a poorly reproduced picture of James in an Ohio newspaper and, thinking it might be of her missing son, sends her daughter, Mary, east to see James in prison. James convinces Mary that he is not her brother, however, telling her that her brother died a hero in the World War. James then goes resignedly to his death. +

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