The Coward

TitleThe Coward
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1915
AuthorsBarker, Reginald
Running Time77 minutes
Date Released11/1915
DistributorTriangle Distributing
CountryUnited States
Mediumsilent film
Publication Languageenglish

Confederate soldier Frank Winslow is terrified of the war and eventually runs away from battle. But when he finds himself behind enemy lines with vital information, he must decide between his fear and his conscience. [From IMDb]


Charles Ray

Frank Keenan

Gertrude Claire

Margaret Gibson


Produced by Thomas H. Ince

Directed by Reginald Barker

Written by Thomas H. Ince and C. Gardner Sullivan

Cinematography by Joseph H. August and Robert S. Newhard


Drama, Silent Film

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An example of the national embrace of the Lost Cause in popular culture in the early 20th century, The Coward explores the theme of courage in battle. The elderly Winslow, a proud and prominent Virginia planter, volunteers his and his son's service to the Confederate Army. When the son deserts due to cowardice, his father takes his place. The young son redeems himself when he obtains intelligence about Union army strategy and conveys it to the Confederate army.

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