The Cradle of Courage

The Cradle of Courage is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Lambert Hillyer and written by Frederick Bradbury and Lambert Hillyer. The film stars William S. Hart, Ann Little, Tom Santschi, Gertrude Claire, Frank Thorwald, and George Williams. The film was released on September 19, 1920, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]Copies of the film are in the Museum of Modern Art and at other film archives.[3]

The Cradle of Courage
Still with William S. Hart
Directed byLambert Hillyer
Produced byWilliam S. Hart
Screenplay byFrederick Bradbury
Lambert Hillyer
StarringWilliam S. Hart
Ann Little
Tom Santschi
Gertrude Claire
Frank Thorwald
George Williams
CinematographyJoseph H. August
William S. Hart Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 19, 1920 (1920-09-19)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


A former criminal serves in the military in World War I, and is convinced by a man he served with to join the police when he returns. However, upon his return, he is confronted with policing members of his old gang.[4]


Preservation status

Copies of The Cradle of Courage are held by Cinematheque Royale de Belgique (Brussels), Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Library of Congress, UCLA Film and Television Archive, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.[5]


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