Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old ... See full summary »
Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old Jewish junk dealer with rheumatism, and the two strike a partnership and a close friendship. Written by
An absolutely heart-warming tale about a young lad, Timmy Kelly, masterfully played by child star Jackie Coogan, who runs away from an orphanage after the shelter suffers major damage from a fire, The Rag Man,(Metro-Goldwyn, 1925), directed by Edward Cline,is truly a classic.
Young Timmy befriends a junk dealer, Max Ginsberg, poignantly played by Max Davidson. The two embark on a comical journey becoming close friends whereby each depends on the other. Young Timmy proves his loyalty and devotion to the man who took a chance on him whose sole companion to this point was an old Derby winning horse named Dynamite. Dynamite's oats bowl is a key element to this story too. You must watch to see what I mean.
The musical score was masterfully written by the late Linda Martinez.
This is a must-see film and I would be hard-pressed to believe anyone not enjoying this delightful film which has a running time of approximately 75 minutes. The film had a sequel later in 1925, titled, Old Clothes. The sequel is of particular interest because it features Joan Crawford in one of her earliest roles.
I sincerely hope these two wonderful films become available on DVD or VHS soon.
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