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Percy (1925)

 -  Comedy  -  5 April 1925 (USA)
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Percy Rogeen's father fears his son will never be a man, but only a mama's boy. When a friend of Mr. Rogeen promises to help the boy shape up, the father is delighted. But the help comes in... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Ray ...
Percival Rogeen
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Mrs. Rogers
Joseph Kilgour ...
Jasper Rogeen
Clyde McAtee ...
James
Dave Winter ...
Breezy Barnes
Charles Murray ...
Holy Joe
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Reedy Jenkins
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Lolita
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Imogene Chandler
Don Marion ...
Percival Rogeen, as a boy
Ethelbert Knott ...
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Percy Rogeen's father fears his son will never be a man, but only a mama's boy. When a friend of Mr. Rogeen promises to help the boy shape up, the father is delighted. But the help comes in the shape of a bottle, and Percy finds himself drunk aboard a freight car bound for the middle of nowhere. In a border town, Percy gets a job on a plantation and makes a name for himself playing the violin in a cantina. By the time his father arrives to rescue him, Percy is no longer the timid cry-baby of before, but the tough rescuer of the local farmers' land. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Charley Menino Prodígio  »

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Ill-Luck for Charles Ray
31 October 2011 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

On April 5, 1925, Charles Ray's second movie for Pathé, Percy, was released. However, his producer in his prospective new series, Thomas Ince, had since passed away. This ended the brief revival in Ray's fortunes, as outlined in my Ince biography.

In Percy, Ray played a mollycoddle, who only knows how to play the violin, but his campaign manager offers to make a man of him when he runs for the Senate. The movie was retitled Mother's Boy in England (and is not to be confused with a similarly-titled 1917 Ince picture with Ray), and in fact was based on the 1921 novel The Desert Fiddler by William H. Hanby, which had been originally prepared in scenario form for Ray by Ince when they were previously under contract for Paramount.

Within weeks of Ince's death, Ray was negotiating with a group of Chicago men for a salary of $100,000 per movie, but a year later he was bankrupt, and the rights to income from his films (including the two for Ince) held by trustees. Ray tried to be the sophisticate in several later movies, rather than his traditional role, but audiences could not adjust to him in a tuxedo.


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