Toby's Bow

Toby's Bow is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Tom Moore, Doris Pawn, Macey Harlam, Arthur Housman, Colin Kenny, and Augustus Phillips. It is based on the 1919 play of the same name by John Taintor Foote. The film was released by Goldwyn Pictures on December 14, 1919.[1][2][3]

Toby's Bow
Newspaper advertising of Toby's Bow on page 10 of the March 20, 1920 Duluth Herald.
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Written byEdward T. Lowe Jr. (scenario)
Based onToby's Bow
by John Taintor Foote
StarringTom Moore
Doris Pawn
Macey Harlam
Arthur Housman
Colin Kenny
Augustus Phillips
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • December 14, 1919 (1919-12-14)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)




The role of the servant, Uncle Toby, was played by Nick Cogley in blackface. The use of blackface was not unusual in American silent films, and did not disappear in films until the 1930s when public sensibilities regarding race began to change and blackface became increasingly associated with racism and bigotry.[4]


Toby's Bow is now considered to be a lost film.[5]


  1. "Toby's Bow". Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. "Toby's Bow". AllMovie. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. "Toby's Bow". Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. Kenrick, John. Blackface and Old Wounds. From Theatre Lover's Journal, Nov. 2000.
  5. American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Toby's Bow
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