|John G. Blystone
|Benjamin Glazer (screenplay)
by Joseph Hergesheimer
| Richard Cromwell
Tol'able David is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film directed by John G. Blystone and produced and released by Columbia Pictures. It is a remake of the 1921 silent film Tol'able David , which starred Richard Barthelmess and Ernest Torrence.
The Columbia film stars Richard Cromwell in the Barthelmess part after he won an audition over thousands of hopefuls and Harry Cohn gave him his screen name and a $75/week contract.
It is preserved in the Library of Congress.
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