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All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923 film)

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All the Brothers Were Valiant
Film still with Billie Dove, Malcolm McGregor, and Lon Chaney
Directed byIrvin Willat
Written byJulien Josephson
Based onAll the Brothers Were Valiant
by Ben Ames Williams
StarringLon Chaney
Malcolm McGregor
Billie Dove
Robert McKim
CinematographyRobert Kurrle
Distributed byMetro Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • January 15, 1923 (1923-01-15)
Running time
101 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

All the Brothers Were Valiant is a 1923 American silent sea adventure and romantic drama film starring Lon Chaney. The film was produced and distributed by Metro Pictures corporation and directed by Irvin Willat. The cast also features Malcolm McGregor, Billie Dove and Robert McKim. The film is now considered lost,[1] destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire.

All the Brothers Were Valiant was remade by MGM as Across to Singapore in 1928 with Joan Crawford and in 1953 again as All the Brothers Were Valiant.[1]


As described in a film magazine,[2] Mark Shore (Chaney), elder brother of Joel (McGregor), was captain of a whaling schooner, but when his ship returned to port from the tropical seas he was not aboard. Joel, who had been working aboard another ship, asks to be transferred to his brother's ship so that he can try to find him. The request is granted and Joel takes his place. Before he leaves he marries Priscilla Holt (Dove) and he takes his bride with him. While his family history shows all of the men-folk have been brave and courageous, Priscilla thinks that her husband is really a coward at heart. Upon reaching the islands, Joel finds his brother Mark who tells of his experiences. When Mark comes aboard, he tries to get Joel to change course and go in search of some hidden pearls that he knows of, but Joel refuses. Mark incites the crew to mutiny. Joel handles the men for a while but is then overpowered. Mark realizes his mistake and tries to force them back, but is hit on the head and falls into the sea. Joel tries to rescue him, but his brother disappears below the water before he can reach him. The mutiny is quieted and Priscilla realizes her husband does not fall below the standard of heroism set by his forefathers.



  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: All the Brothers Were Valiant". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "All the Brothers Were Valiant: A Metro-Classic, Released by Metro". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (10): 523. February 3, 1923.

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