David Kinemon (Richard Barthelmess), the younger son of a family living in an idyllic small town, dreams of one day having the important job of driving the stagecoach that carries the mail, a position which his brother, Allen (Warner Richmond), currently holds. Their peaceful lives are interrupted when thugs on the run from the law move in, attacking and crippling Allen. David is then forced to take on Allen's former responsibility of driving the mail coach, and vows to avenge his brother's injury.
I always love seeing handsome Richard Barthelmess -- one of the highest paid and most successful actors of the silent era. Tol'able David definitely showcases one of many excellent performances. He was entirely believable and so natural as a charming adolescent whose life changes from moments of whimsy to such suffering. There were so many heart-wrenching scenes, as well as a fair amount of violence. Of course the whole point of the story is for David to overcome such injustices and assert himself, and the ending result certainly came off in a very exciting manner!
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