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Lazybones (1925)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 6 November 1925 (USA)
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 »


Frank Borzage


Owen Davis (based on a play by), Frances Marion (scenario)


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Cast overview:
Madge Bellamy ... Kit
Buck Jones ... Steve Tuttle, aka Lazybones (as Charles 'Buck' Jones)
Zasu Pitts ... Ruth Fanning
Leslie Fenton ... Dick Ritchie
Jane Novak ... Agnes Fanning
Virginia Marshall 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 <edwartell@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

6 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Faulpelz See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 1924 stage production of Lazybones was produced by Sam Harris and included the following cast members: George Abbott (Steve Tuttle), Amelia Gardner (Martha Tuttle), Elizabeth Patterson (Rebecca Fanning), Willard Robertson (Lou Sisler) and Charles C. Wilson (Elmer Ballister). See more »


Title Card: His name was Steve Tuttle - and he reminded everybody of...
[molasses syrup is shown being poured at a breakfast table]
Title Card: Steve was slow as molasses in winter, so they gave him the nick name of "Lazybones".
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Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) See more »

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The Inexorable Passing Of Time

"Lazybones", directed by Herr Frank Borzage was the beginning of this director's most fruitful period in the silent era. Like Herr Borzage's other most important and remarkable silent films,"Lazybones" was produced for Fox.

"Lazybones" tells the story of Steve Tuttle ( Buck Jones ) "a man as slow as molasses in winter" so the people gave him the nickname of "Lazybones" a man with many unrequited loves that he will sacrifice in a languid way true to his character. The film combines a refined sense of humour with a kind of melancholy melodrama developed by excellent actors who are perfect in their different characters. Buck Jones was mainly famous for his cowboy roles ( And Borzage himself was also noted for his early westerns ). Steve's opposite is JaneNovak (Zasu Pitts) , a victim of her strict mother, and who is a fragile character with little chance for rebellion in a town where convention rules and keeping up appearances is a very important matter.

In this film nature and the landscapes are very important too and become subtle characters in their own right. They sometimes reflect the different moods or the special way of life of the different characters of the film, ( sunny, idyllic and carefree for Lazybones and unsettled and windy for the women ). The decisive importance of the background shows an European influence, especially from the Danes and Swedes. The film is also an excellent example of the Herr Borzage mastery of storytelling and pacing. Technical effects, flashbacks and camera movements are combined in such an imperceptible manner that the audience can feel and sense the inexorable passing of time in an elegant, sad but beautiful way…,this German count, who lacks some of the common human feelings, still thinks that makes for poetry, doesn't it?

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must go stretch.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien

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