Sonny (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Once again, actor Richard Barthelmess and director Henry King team up in an attempt to recreate the magic of Tol'able David. They don't quite hit the same chord in this sentimental drama, but it comes a lot closer than their prior picture together, The Seventh Day. Barthelmess has a dual role -- Charles Crosby, known as "Sonny," and his friend Joe Peters. They look so much alike they could be twins and they both go overseas to fight in the European War (later known as World War I). Sonny is killed in battle, and his dying wish is for Joe to return home in his place so that his blind mother (Margaret Seddon) won't suffer. Joe promises, and his ruse seems to be successful until Harper Craig (Herbert Grimwood) figures it out. He's angry that he is unable to arrange a marriage between his daughter Madge (Lucy Fox) and the young man, and threatens to expose him. But it turns out that Mrs. Crosby knew that Joe wasn't her Sonny all along and has merely been humoring him. This is just as well because Joe has fallen in love with Sonny's sister, Florence (Pauline Garon).



army, death, friendship, promise, blindness [physical], mother, son, stand-in, dream, sister, truth