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Lazybones (1925)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  6 November 1925 (USA)
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Steve Tuttle, the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town. Many years later, having returned from World War I, he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Steve Tuttle, aka Lazybones (as Charles 'Buck' Jones)
Ruth Fanning
Leslie Fenton ...
Dick Ritchie
Jane Novak ...
Agnes Fanning
Virginia Marshall ...
Kit as a Young Girl
Edythe Chapman ...
Mrs. Tuttle
Emily Fitzroy ...
Mrs. Fanning
William Bailey ...
Elmer Ballister


Steve Tuttle, the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town. Many years later, having returned from World War I, he discovers that he loves the grown-up girl. Written by Vadim Rizov <>

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6 November 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Faulpelz  »

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Did You Know?


The play "Lazybones" ran for 79 weeks in 1924 at NYC's Vanderbilt Theater. The 1925 film (based on the play) listed here did not. See more »


Title Card: Martha Tuttle was one of those mother hens who clucked long after the deed was done.
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Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) See more »

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Buck Jones and Zasu Pitts Are Terrific
2 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buck Jones is a huge surprise in this 1925 silent, playing a rural man who lives with his mother (Edythe Chapman) and is known as Lazybones. Frank Borzage's delicate film (beautifully shot) shows the true of a man no one really knows. He sits around and fishes, neglecting chores and a local girl (Jane Novak) who is in love with him, much to the relief of her battle-axe mother (Emily Fitzroy).

The one day, her sister (Zasu Pitts) returns from the city, where she was married to a sailor who has been lost at sea. She also has a baby. Knowing that no one in small-town America will believe she had been married, she sets down the baby and jumps into the river. Lazybones sees her and jumps in to save her. She tells him her story and they concoct a plan whereby he will claim to have found the baby and she can return home alone in a few days.

Of course the town turns on him and the baby girl, but Lazybones holds to his promise while Pitts is consigned to marry a local jerk. Even the sister turns on Lazybones and says she'll never speak to him again. The years pass.

As World War I approached, Lazybones goes off the war while the baby Kit (Madge Bellamy) is now about 15. Lazybones inadvertently becomes a war hero and returns to a town that has still never quite forgiven him. Kit now has a boyfriend (Leslie Fenton). Lazybones realizes he is in love with Kit and just as quickly realizes how many of their lives have changed over the years.

Jones is terrific. He usually starred in Westerns and for a time rivaled William S. Hart in popularity. Here he has a chance at a part that requires a delicate mix of drama and comedy. Zasu Pitts is fantastic as the tragic Ruth. Best know for her fluttery old maids, here she turns in a solid dramatic performance. Also good are Bellamy, Novak, and Chapman. A special word is needed for Fitzroy, who along with Josephine Crowell, ranks among the major battle-axes of the silent era.

A final word on Buck Jones. He was still going strong in 1942, starring in B Westerns when he was caught in the famous Coconut Grove fire in Boston. He died two days later.

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