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Director  Raoul Walsh
Story by  Peter B. Kyne
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Duration  
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Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  February 27, 1922 (1922-02-27)
Based on  Kindred of the Dust  by Peter B. Kyne
Writer  Peter B. Kyne (novel), James T. ODonohoe
Cast  Miriam Cooper (Nan), Ralph Graves (Donald McKaye), Miriam Cooper (Nan of the Sawdust Pile), Lionel Belmore (The Laird of Tyee), Eugenie Besserer (Mrs. McKaye), Maryland Morne (Jane McKaye)
Cinematography  Charles Van Enger, H. Lyman Broening
Similar movies  Related Raoul Walsh movies

Kindred of the dust


Kindred of the Dust is a 1922 American silent film directed by Raoul Walsh, and starring his wife Miriam Cooper. It was based upon the novel of the same name by Peter B. Kyne. The film was the last independent picture for Walsh's production company, and the last film he and Cooper would make together. Today it is one of Walsh's earliest surviving features, and is one of only two non-D. W. Griffith features of Cooper's that still is known to survive.

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Plot

Discovering that her husband is a bigamist, Nan (Cooper) returns with her child to her Puget Sound logging town. She is treated as an outcast by all save Donald (Graves), her childhood sweetheart who happens to be the son of a millionaire. Their romance is thwarted by his parents, but after she nurses him to recovery from an apparently fatal illness they are married. The subsequent arrival of a son prompts a family reconciliation.

Cast

  • Miriam Cooper as Nan of the Sawdust Pile
  • Ralph Graves as Donald McKaye
  • Lionel Belmore as The Laird of Tyee
  • Eugenie Besserer as Mrs. McKaye
  • Maryland Morne as Jane McKaye
  • Elizabeth Waters as Elizabeth McKaye
  • William J. Ferguson as Mr. Daney
  • Caroline Rankin as Mrs. Daney
  • Patrick Rooney as Dirty' Dann OLeary
  • John Herdman as Caleb Brent
  • Bruce Guerin as Little Donald
  • Production

    During filming Cooper accidentally gazed into a stage light causing her permanent eye damage that lasted until the end of her life. The film ended up being Walsh's final independent production and was the last time Cooper and Walsh (who had made several films together) worked together. The film was one of Cooper's last films as she retired in 1923.

    Release

    The film was released on February 27, 1922. Cooper felt it was mediocre but the film performed decently at the box office. The film still exists and was restored in 2004, is one of the few films from Walsh's early years to survive, and is also one of only two surviving films from Cooper's starring years. The film has been screened at a few film festivals since its restoration but has not been released for home video.

    References

    Kindred of the Dust Wikipedia
    Kindred of the Dust IMDb Kindred of the Dust themoviedb.org


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