The County Fair (1920 film)

The County Fair is a 1920 American film directed by Edmund Mortimer and Maurice Tourneur.

The County Fair
poster for film
Directed byEdmund Mortimer
Maurice Tourneur
Produced byMaurice Tourneur
Written byJ. Grubb Alexander (writer)
Charles Barnard (play)
CinematographyRené Guissart
Charles Van Enger
Distributed byGuy Croswell Smith
Release date
  • September 6, 1920 (1920-09-06)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As summarized in a film publication,[1] Aunt Abigail (Chapman) and her adopted daughter Sally (Eddy) are threatened with the loss of their home through foreclosure of a mortgage held by Solon Hammerhead (Mong). The only outlets available are either for Abigail to marry the old villain Salon or for Sally to marry his mean, scheming son Bruce (Housman). To prevent Aunt Abigail from losing her home, Sally is about to agree to marry the son, even though she loves the hired hand Joel (Butler). She has only a few days to decide before the mortgage falls due. That night former jockey Tim Vail breaks into the home looking for food, and sweet Aunt Abigail gives him a job on the farm. Tim discovers that Abigail's horse "Cold Molasses" is a born racer, and Tim and Joel get permission to train the horse for the big $3000 race at the County Fair, which takes place the day the mortgage comes due. The Hammerheads, discovering that the horse would likely beat their entry, attempt to keep her out of the race by setting fire to the barn, but Tim rescues the horse. The big race starts with Cold Molasses in the lead. At the last second the Hammerhead horse passes her and it looks like the house will be gone, but then the Hammerhead entry is disqualified for foul play. The winnings pay off the mortgage, Joel and Sally are happy, and even Aunt Abigail finds a suitor.



  1. "The County Fair: Tourneur Has Made Real Entertainment of This". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 15 (21): 5. Jan 23, 1921. Retrieved 2014-03-06.

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