Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Actually filmed in Cuddebackville, New York, D. W. Griffith's In Old Kentucky was one of the director's many "dry runs" for his 1915 Civil War epic The Birth of a Nation. The story concerns the war-engendered rivalry between two Kentucky-born brothers: One is loyal to the Union, the other to the Confederacy. At war's end, however, the defeated Southern sympathizer is welcomed back with open arms by his entire family -- including his brother. This emotional finale had much in common with the famous "homecoming" scene in Birth of a Nation. In fact, the same actor, Henry B. Walthall, played the returning soldier in both films.
allegiance, brother, Divided-loyalties, family, loyalty, rival, war