Just Pals

V'14

Just Pals

John Ford
USA, 1920
61min, eZT

© Viennale

Just Pals

John Ford
USA, 1920
, 61min, eZT

Cast: 
Buck Jones
Georgie Stone
William Buckley
Eunice Murdock Moore
Bert Appling
Edwin Tilton
Slim Padgett
Duke R. Lee
Screenplay: 
Paul Schofield
John McDermott
Camera: 
George Schneiderman

Production: 
Fox Film Corporation
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Instead of a manly Western, the focus here is on a simple character study, even if it does end with a flurry of action. Bim is the town ne'er-do'well, but he proves to be of some worth when he befriends scruffy 13-year-old youngster Bill, who has been thrown off a freight train. Teacher Mary Bruce takes note of the affection Bim shows towards the boy and insists that Bill should be sent to school. Bim is also an admirer of Mary's, but she already has a sweetheart, the shifty Harvey Cahill. Harvey, the cashier at the express office, has come up short at work, so he asks Mary to loan him the school memorial fund. She does, but the school committee asks for the money before Mary can replace it.

With THE LAST OUTLAW
Introduction: Oliver Hanley
Live piano: Gerhard Gruber