~The Village Blacksmith~
~Virginia Valli~
~Plot Synopsis~
In a prologue, Johnnie, one of the village blacksmith's two sons, falls from a tree that Anson
Brigham, the squire's son, had dared him to climb and is crippled. The squire is an enemy of the
blacksmith, who married the woman the squire loved. The main story shows the children grown up.
Bill, the other son, has become a doctor, and Alice, the daughter, is having an affair with the squire's
son, who has just returned from college. Bill is injured in a train accident, and Alice, accused of
stealing some money belonging to the church, tries to commit suicide. The blacksmith rescues Alice;
the elder brother recovers and successfully operates on Johnnie's legs, and the film ends happily.   

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
Directed by: John Ford

Written by: Paul Sloane

Inspired by the poem "The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow (1842).

Will Walling ...  John Hammond, Blacksmith
Virginia True Boardman ...  Mrs. John Hammond
Virginia Valli ...  Alice Hammond, the Daughter
Ida Mae McKenzie ...  Alice as a Child
David Butler ...  Bill Hammond, the Son
Gordon Griffith ...  Bill as a Child
George Hackathorne ...  Johnnie Hammond, Another Son
Pat Moore ...  Johnnie as a Child
Tully Marshall ...  Ezra Brigham, The Squire
Ralph Yearsley ...  Anson Brigham, the Son
Henri De La Garrique ...  Anson as a Child
Francis Ford ...  Asa Martin
Bessie Love ...  Rosemary Martin, the Daughter
Helen Field ...  Rosemary as a Child
Lon Poff ...  Gideon Crane
Mark Fenton ...  Dr. Brewster
Cordelia Callahan ...  Aunt Hattie
Caroline Rankin ...  Squire's Wife
Eddie Gribbon ...  The Village Gossip
Lucille Hutton ...  Flapper
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Fox Film Corporation

Cinematography by: George Schneiderman
Presenter: William Fox

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 minutes
Released: January 1, 1923
~Ford-5-24: Caroline Rankin & Tully Marshall~