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The Regeneration (1915)

A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster.

Director:

Raoul Walsh (as R.A. Walsh)

Writers:

Owen Frawley Kildare (book) (as Owen Kildare), Raoul Walsh (adapted from the book: "My Mamie Rose") (as R.A. Walsh) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John McCann John McCann ... Owen - Age Ten
James A. Marcus ... Jim Conway (as James Marcus)
Maggie Weston Maggie Weston ... Maggie Conway
Harry McCoy ... Owen - Age Seventeen (as H. McCoy)
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Owen - Age Twenty-Five
William Sheer William Sheer ... Skinny - One of the Gang
Carl Harbaugh ... District Attorney Ames
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Marie Deering
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Storyline

At 10 years old, Owens becomes a ragged orphan when his sainted mother dies. The Conways, who are next door neighbors, take Owen in, but the constant drinking by Jim soon puts Owen on the street. By 17, Owen learns that might is right. By 25, Owen is the leader of his own gang who spend most of their time gambling and drinking. But Marie comes into the gangster area of town and everything changes for Owen as he falls for Marie. But he cannot tell her so, so he comes to her settlement to find education and inspiration. But soon, his old way of life will rise to confront him again. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

WILLIAM FOX Presents "THE REGENERATION" (title on original-release poster)


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Regeneration See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Raoul Walsh and his assistants hired a few local men to recruit extras for the river boat scene. On the scheduled day, they showed up with hundreds of people eager to make a few dollars. Most of them were rough city types and many of the women were obviously prostitutes. See more »

Crazy Credits

There is no cast list during the opening credits or at the end. Actors, however, are credited by intertitles as they appear within the movie, and that is used for the IMDb cast ordering. Actors never mentioned are marked uncredited. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kino International released a version which runs 72 minutes and contains an uncredited piano score. See more »

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Version of Fools Highway (1924) See more »

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Despite its age, Raoul Walsh's first film is very watchable today.
18 March 2000 | by FISHCAKESee all my reviews

By the standards of its time, this is a better than average film, and it is still watchable, even though the social and cinematic conventions of 1915 may make it rather quaint to some viewers. Still, the theme about a good woman regenerating a rascal is not unusual today, and here it is told with coherence and simplicity.

One may find the acting style quaint, too, but some of the worst excesses of the silent days are avoided for the most part. Perhaps we can thank young Raoul for that. The editing is choppy, but that may be due to losses over the years, and it may vary depending on the print or tape translation one sees.


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