Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
The Village Blacksmith
Also known as Kentucky Days in the USA
B&W : Eight reels / 7540 feet
Directed by Jack Ford (John Ford)
Cast: William Walling [John Hammond], Virginia True Boardman [Hammond’s wife], Virginia Valli [Alice Hammond, his daughter], David Butler [Bill Hammond, his son], George Hackathorne [Johnnie Hammond, another son], Tully Marshall [Ezra Brigham], Ralph Yearsley [Anson Brigham, his son], Francis Ford [Asa Martin], Bessie Love [Rosemary Martin, his daughter], Mark Fenton [Doctor Brewster], Lon Poff [Gideon Crane], Ida Nan McKenzie [Alice Hammond, as a child], Gordon Griffith [Bill Hammond, as a child], Pat Moore [Johnnie Hammond, as a child], Henri De La Garrique [Anson Brigham, as a child], Helen Field [Rosemary Martin, as a child], Cordelia Callahan [Aunt Hattie], Caroline Rankin [Mrs. Brigham], Eddie Gribbon [the village gossip], Lucille Hutton [a flapper]
Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporation. / Produced by William Fox. Scenario by Paul H. Sloane, from the adaptation by Paul H. Sloane of the poem “The Village Blacksmith” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Cinematography by George Schneiderman. Presented by William Fox. / © 31 December 1922 by Fox Film Corporation [LP19092]. Premiered 2 November 1922 in New York, New York. General release, 1 January 1923. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: Kentucky Days. [?] Another source lists the film’s release date as 2 November 1922.
Survival status: The film is presumed lost : Print exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive [incomplete (one reel only)].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Listing updated: 28 May 2016.
References: Sherwood-Best p. 194; Sinclair-Ford pp. 32, 233 : ClasIm-223 p. 8; ClasIm-225 p. C8; ClasIm-240 p. 44 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Tag Gallagher.