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Regeneration (1915)

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

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(as R.A. Walsh)

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(book) (as Owen Kildare), (adapted from the book: "My Mamie Rose") (as R.A. Walsh) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
John McCann ... Owen - Age Ten
... Jim Conway (as James Marcus)
Maggie Weston ... Maggie Conway
... Owen - Age Seventeen (as H. McCoy)
... Owen - Age Twenty-Five
William Sheer ... Skinny - One of the Gang
... District Attorney Ames
... Marie Deering
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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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WILLIAM FOX Presents "THE REGENERATION" (title on original-release poster)


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13 September 1915 (USA)  »

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Most of the extras in this film were real locals from the Bowery area, as well as from Hell's Kitchen, and had never appeared before in films. Most of the gangster characters were actual gangsters in real life. See more »

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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 »

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