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Regeneration (1915)

Passed  -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  13 September 1915 (USA)
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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 ...
Carl Harbaugh ...
District Attorney Ames
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Marie Deering
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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 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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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


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Startlingly fresh realism in 1915
7 December 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

People who think that all silents are sticky with Victorian melodrama will be surprised by the sustained pace, the bracing realism, and the soft-pedaling of the sentimental elements of this startlingly fresh film. The 28-year old Raoul Walsh had already written and produced a dozen films when he directed this. Although the narrative rambles a bit, Walsh's dynamic use of film grammar - closeups, dollies in and out, cross-cutting between scenes, sharp editing - makes REGENERATION look more modern than many silent films made ten years later. Walsh shows his creativity when he uses the circling movements of dancers to foreshadow public panic in an impressively staged sequence of a fire [although it has little plot function]. Titles are used sparingly throughout, and even they are terse and direct. The performances are also surprisingly natural, from square-jawed Rockcliffe Fellowes [who looks something like Robert Stack] to Anna Q. Nilsson, who gives a delicate, sympathetic performance as the good girl/settlement worker. Within the outline of a traditional melodrama, Walsh forthrightly portrays the underside of contemporary society, keeps the sentiment light, and provides an ending that is not without surprises either.


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