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A Very Good Young Man (1919)

 |  Comedy  |  6 July 1919 (USA)
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A young man's fiancée believes he should sew all his wild oats before marriage, so he sets out to do it all in one night.



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Cast overview:
LeRoy Sylvester
Helene Chadwick ...
Ruth Douglas
Kitty Douglas
Sylvia Ashton ...
Mrs. Douglas
Jane Wolfe ...
Mrs. Mandelharper
Osprey Bacchus
Wade Boteler ...
Tom Hurley
Viva Bacchus
Edmund Burns ...
Adrian Love (as Edward Burns)
Mayme Kelso ...
Mrs. Love
Charles West ...
Undetermined Role


A young man's fiancée believes he should sew all his wild oats before marriage, so he sets out to do it all in one night.

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A Very Good Young Man (1919) -- Does It Survive ?
22 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1919 silent comedy was based on the play, A Very Good Young Man by Martin Brown and Robert Housum. The film version was produced by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and directed by Donald Crisp, starring Bryant Washburn, Helene Chadwick, Anna Q. Nilsson and Noah Beery. I cannot find any information if this film still survives, and offer this synopsis for fans of silent cinema, as I am. Hopefully it does survive for public viewing and a proper review.

After her mother convinces her that a man who is morally faultless before marriage will most likely sow his wild oats afterwards, Ruth Douglas (Helene Chadwick) refuses the proposal of her sweetheart, LeRoy Sylvester (Bryant Washburn), an assistant at the public library. In order to tarnish his reputation, LeRoy escorts Osprey Mandelharper (Helen Jerome Eddy), the flirtatious daughter of a lady undertaker, to the sporty Babylon Gardens. After LeRoy flirts with Viva Bacchus (Anna Q. Nilsson), who has just received a settlement of bonds from the mother of her fiancé, Adrian Love (Edward Burns), to break their engagement, Viva loses the bonds. Hoping to be searched, LeRoy holds a package containing jewels stolen by Johnny Binks (Charles West), but Viva recovers her bonds and calls off the search. LeRoy then goes to a gambling house and calls the police to raid it, but he breaks the bank, and the police just congratulate him. After Binks and Osprey fall in love, the jewels are returned, and Viva and Adrian are reunited, LeRoy admits to Ruth that he is a failure as a thief, gambler, and flirt, but she promises to marry him anyway.

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