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Regeneration (1915)

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At 10 years old, Owens becomes a ragged orphan when his sainted mother dies. The Conways, who are next door neighbors, take Owen in, but the constant drinking by Jim soon puts Owen on the ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
John McCann ...
Owen - Age Ten
James A. Marcus ...
Jim Conway (as James Marcus)
Maggie Weston ...
Maggie Conway
Harry McCoy ...
Owen - Age Seventeen (as H. McCoy)
Rockliffe Fellowes ...
Owen - Age Twenty-Five
William Sheer ...
Skinny - One of the Gang
Carl Harbaugh ...
District Attorney Ames
Anna Q. Nilsson ...
Marie Deering


At 10 years old, Owens becomes a ragged orphan when his sainted mother dies. The Conways, who are next door neighbors, take Owen in, but the constant drinking by Jim soon puts Owen on the street. By 17, Owen learns that might is right. By 25, Owen is the leader of his own gang who spend most of their time gambling and drinking. But Marie comes into the gangster area of town and everything changes for Owen as he falls for Marie. But he cannot tell her so, so he comes to her settlement to find education and inspiration. But soon, his old way of life will rise to confront him again. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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WILLIAM FOX Presents "THE REGENERATION" (title on original-release poster)






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13 September 1915 (USA)  »

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The Regeneration  »

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The play, "The Regeneration" by Owen Frawley Kildare and Walter C. Hackett, opened in New York on 1 September 1908 and ran for 39 performances. In the cast were Janet Beecher and Helen Ware. See more »

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There is no cast list during the opening credits or at the end. Actors, however, are credited by intertitles as they appear within the movie, and that is used for the IMDb cast ordering. Actors never mentioned are marked uncredited. See more »


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Raoul Walsh's first feature, one of his best; and one of the earliest features to utilize New York City locations effectively.
18 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Raoul Walsh had just come off _The Birth of a Nation_ both as one of Griffith's assistant directors and as an actor (most prominently as John Wilkes Booth), when he made this film. In his autobiography, Walsh credits Griffith with "teaching" him not only about much of the art of fiction filmmaking, but also about production management technics that aided him in taking full advantage of many of New York City's most pictorial exterior locations.

The locations play an important role in adding to the naturalism of an otherwise highly melodramatic plot with the high society young woman turned heroine social worker (much overplayed by a major star of the 1910s, Anna Q Nilsson) and the regeneration of the one-time Lower Manhatan gang leader.

The wonder of this film is the performance of the male "star", Rockliffe Fellowes, who played in over a dozen nearly unremembered films until he died in 1950. His performance is so subtly varied and electrically alive that one is reminded of Brando in his early 1950s films. An interesting sidenote about his performance: The movieola film editing machine -- that magnified the small 35mm frame to about 4 inches by 6 inches as it ran the film stock through the viewer at the proper projection speed -- was not invented until much later. In 1915, editors had to hold the footage up to the light to see each frame and/or use a magnifying glass; but they could not also run the film at speed at the same time. Hence, many of the subtlest nuances that cross the hero's face could not be clearly seen and judged in editing: _Regeneration's_ editor often cuts away before the movement has settled, or cuts into a close or medium shot of the hero after the nuance has already begun.

Watching the film on a large screen today, one is aware how powerful present-day editing technics are at capturing all such movements in the hands of a skilled editor. In _Regeneration_ there is a distinct feeling of rough editing at the moments we leave or cut to the hero at the "wrong" instant. By the way, the original title was NOT _The Regeneration_, but _Regeneration_ alone. From which we can surmise that Walsh was looking to create a work with universal meaning.

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