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An Old Fashioned Boy (1920)

David Warrington is an old-fashioned boy, not very familiar with modern girls. When the girl of his dreams lets her kiss him, he thinks that seals their betrothal. But when he finds out ... See full summary »

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David Warrington is an old-fashioned boy, not very familiar with modern girls. When the girl of his dreams lets her kiss him, he thinks that seals their betrothal. But when he finds out that she has other ideas, David tries a trickier method of winning her for his bride. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Picture That Shows Why Charles Ray is the Best Loved Actor on the Screen (Print Ad- Watertown Daily Times,((Watertown, NY)) 24 June 1921)

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31 October 1920 (USA)  »

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An Old Fashioned Young Man  »

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A Charles Ray-Style Look at Marriage, Home, and Children
30 October 2011 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The trajectory of Ray's hero to a more mature figure is frequently difficult, in his films under producer Thomas Ince, as I outline in my Ince biography. The treatment could be mild, as in An Old Fashioned Boy, in which he plays a very traditional young man who finds a girl, Betty (Ethel Shannon), with the same apparent inclinations. However, when she learns that he has already bought a house, she ends the engagement and turns to a wastrel whose ideal marriage is one where the divorce papers are always handy.

When two quarreling friends deposit their children in his care, he learns that the "little angels" are indeed the "devils" described by their parents. However, whereas another comedian, such as Buster Keaton, might have used this as a springboard to reexamine the whole prospect of marriage, for Ray it becomes an opportunity to trap his Betty into caring for the children as a nurse. She finally decides that the house is not so bad, and realizes that the wastrel was indeed a bounder.

The movie's pressbook touted that the film did not use any iris or fade-outs, cutting directly to new scenes; "the effect is said to be most pleasing." An Old Fashioned Boy cost $56,822 to produce, and grossed $321,239.


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