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A Son of His Father  -- 1925


See Credits and Review below Picture

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50 mm glass promo slide, shown in theater before silent movie.  Note space to announce local show date and time. Thanks Robert Lewis

Movies: Wright's Greatest Sorrow

Click here to read the story:

  • How and why Wright got into the movie business

  • Which movies were actually based on his stories

  • Which were based on stories he had never even seen and quickly despised.

 

Photo courtesy of Eric Tudor

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1925,  black and white, silent

Reviews: The only review of this movie I have read is by Mordaunt Hall, New York Times,  September, 1925. He doesn't think very highly of the movie. "To an unappreciative person, such as we may be, this photoplay is extremely fortunate in gaining a place for itself in the midnight sun of old Broadway."

"In an utterly unashamed manner," Hall tells readers, "the title writer shouts 'Dawn' and 'Morning' at you from the screen. The hero, 'Big Boy' Morgan, would rather lose Las Rosas Ranch, about which there is so much squabbling, than break Nora Shea's heart."  

"Raymond Hatton acts the role of an invalid, Charlie Grey, who is introduced wearing voluminous plus fours, which one would imagine would mean sudden death in the wide open spaces. Mr. Grey looks naturally seedy, but in the last chapter of the picture he regains his health and succeeds in capturing the villain, after having fallen into the river. He does this feat in an original, but hardly possible, way. The red-hot villain has two guns, and he imagines that Grey is going to gurgle his last in the water. Grey, however, steals up the slippery bank and pokes his forefinger from behind into the hefty man's rigs, with the result that the scoundrel believes that a gun is sticking into him. He hold up his hands, and without resistance, marches off to his doom."

"Here we have also the familiar threat of foreclosing on a ranch by an individual known as Holdbrook, who does not find Nora (Bessie Love) displeasing in appearance. Nora is told by a sycophantic fat man that 'if she plays her cards right' she stands a very good chance of marrying Holdbrook. So, not wishing to marry this scamp, she trumps her partner's act."

Another review of this movie appeared in Film Daily, October 11, 1925, but I have not yet obtained a copy.

Release:  Paramount Pictures

Production: A Victor Fleming Production

Director:  Victor Fleming

Writing/Screenplay: Adapted from a story by Harold Bell Wright

Bessie Love
Warner Baxter
Raymond Hatton
Walter McGrail
Carl Stockdale
Billy Eugene
James Farley
Charles Stevens
Valentina Zemina
George Kuwa

Availability: This is considered to be one of thousands of movies forever lost. No copy is known to exist.

 

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