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The Courageous Coward

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Genres  Silent film, Drama film
Director  William Worthington
Cinematography  L.D. Clawson
Country  USA
The Courageous Coward movie poster

Release date  April 1919
Writer  Thomas J. Geraghty (story), Frances Guihan (scenario)
Cast  Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Toyo Fujita, George Hernandez
Similar movies  Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, How Foolshead Paid His Debts, The Artist, Paperman, The Rider & the Wolf, Step Up

The courageous coward


The Courageous Coward is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by William Worthington and featuring Sessue Hayakawa and Tsuru Aoki in lead roles. It is presumed to be a lost film with only reel 5 preserved at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands film archive.

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Plot

As described in a film magazine, Suki (Hayakawa), born and educated in America, still worships the customs of his ancestral country. Foreign born Rei (Aoki) arrives in Chinatown and wins his heart. He goes to college to finish his law studies, leaving Rei to await his return. Rei is led to believe that she should become Americanized to please him on his return, so she learns the way of the cabarets in the company of Tom Kirby (McDonald), son of ward boss Big Bill Kirby (Hernandez). Suki returns and is disappointed. Rei finally consents to elope with Tom, leaving Suki lost to her. A murder is committed and Suki prosecutes a suspect almost to the point of conviction when Tom confesses his guilt to him. When Suki refuses to go forward with the case, he is branded a coward and disgraced, with only Rei believing in him. At length Tom confesses to the murder and prepares to stand trial, his confession clearing Suki and leaving him free to marry Rei.

Cast

  • Sessue Hayakawa as Suki Iota
  • Tsuru Aoki as Rei Oaki
  • Toyo Fujita as Tangi
  • George Hernandez as Big Bill Kirby
  • Francis McDonald as Tom Kirby (credited as Francis J. McDonald)
  • Buddy Post as Cupid
  • References

    The Courageous Coward Wikipedia
    The Courageous Coward IMDb The Courageous Coward themoviedb.org