Afraid to Fight
Directed byWilliam Worthington
Screenplay byCharles Sarver
Story byLeete Renick Brown
StarringFrank Mayo
Lillian Rich
Peggy Cartwright
Lydia Knott
W.S. McDunnough
Tom McGuire
CinematographyArthur Reeves
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • July 24, 1922 (1922-07-24)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Afraid to Fight is a 1922 silent American drama film directed by William Worthington and written by Charles Sarver. The film stars Frank Mayo, Lillian Rich, Peggy Cartwright, Lydia Knott, W.S. McDunnough, and Tom McGuire. The film was released on July 24, 1922, by Universal Film Manufacturing Company.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Tom Harper (Mayo) is a former American Expeditionary Forces soldier, handy with his fists, but suffering the effects of being gassed during World War I. His crippled little sister Sally (Cartwright), he learns, can be cured of her invalidism if placed in the care of a specialist. As Tom is out of a job, Sally prays that Congress will pass the law and send him his bonus. A fight manager picks Tom up and sends him to the mountains for a rest cure on the condition that he will fight the boxing champion when he is well. While there he finds himself in love with Harriet Monroe (Rich), but is forced to take a beating from a rival as he is under orders not to fight until he is pronounced well. When he recovers, he whips the champion, wins enough money to have his little sister Sally cured, and goes back to the mountains to hand a trimming to the rival who had previously humiliated him.



  1. ^ "Afraid to Fight (1922) - Overview". Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson. "Afraid to Fight (1922) - William Worthington". AllMovie. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Afraid to Fight". Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Reviews: Afraid to Fight". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (26): 98. June 24, 1922.