The Drop Kick

The Drop Kick (also known as Glitter in the UK) is a 1927 silent film directed by Millard Webb written by Katherine Brush about a college football player (Richard Barthelmess) who finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose husband kills himself. It was one of the early films of John Wayne who was only aged 20 in the film. He too played a college footballer. A mute silent print was transferred onto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in the 1950s and in 1960s by United Artists Television. Prints of the film are preserved at the Library of Congress and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Madison.[1][2][3][4]

The Drop Kick
Directed byMillard Webb
Produced byRichard A. Rowland
Ray Rockett
Written byWinifred Dunn (scenario)
Screenplay byDwinelle Benthall (titles)
Rufus McCosh (titles)
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Barbara Kent
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Alvin Knechtel
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • September 25, 1927 (1927-09-25)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film



  1. THE DROP KICK (1927)
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress(<-book title) by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  4. The Drop Kick at
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