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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Digby Bell ...
Lemuel Morewood
Louise Lovely ...
Bessie Brayton
Harry Ham ...
William Rufus Morewood
Colin Chase ...
Thomas Jefferson Morewood
Yona Landowska ...
Emily Donelson
Mae Gaston ...
Frances Berkeley
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Tuck Bartholomew
Hayward Mack ...
Maj. Bellamy Didsworth
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Tobias Ford (as H. Davenport)
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Tom Chatterton
Doc Crane
Jean Hathaway
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Father and the Boys (1915) --- Lost Film ?
2 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Wealthy stockbroker Lemuel Morewood (Digby Bell) wants his sons, Billy (Harry Ham) and Tom (Colin Chase), to learn the business and marry Emily Donelson (Yona Landowska) and Frances Berkeley (Mae Gaston), respectively. Billy, however, is infatuated with Mrs. Bruce Guilford, a leader of the "smart set," while Tom loves boxing. At a dinner for which Lemuel hires Bessie Brayton (Louise Lovely), an orphan from the West, to entertain, Lemuel responds to Bessie's taunts about being old-fashioned by winning a lot of money gambling with Major Bellamy Didsworth (Hayward Mack), who tries to swindle Bessie, and leaves with her to spend it. Mrs. Guilford sees them together at the races and, thinking their conduct scandalous, breaks with Billy. When Lemuel leaves with Bessie for Nevada, Billy and Tom, who believe that Bessie is an adventuress, follow with Frances and Emily, to whom they become engaged. After learning that Lemuel only left to help Bessie, who is going to marry another man, get $75,000 for a supposedly worthless mine, the boys agree to concentrate on business.

This 1915 silent comedy/drama was based on a popular Broadway play of 1908 produced by Charles Frohman, Father and the Boys by George Ade. The film version was produced and released by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company and was Louise Lovely's American film debut after emigrating from Australia. It also featured actor Lon Chaney. Tragically, it now remains a lost silent film.


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