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When A Man's A Man -- 1924


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Lobby Card, 1924. 11" x 14"

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.

 

Man1924newsprint2.jpg (83700 bytes) Picture ad from the 6/1/24 Seattle Post Intelligencer, courtesy Dave Hadsell.
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Photo of 1-sheet courtesy Rick Gunter

 

1924, First National, 74 minutes, 6910 feet, black and white, silent

Reviews: The critics had little good to say about this movie. 

The New York Times critic concluded, "This is a mediocre type of entertainment, with some good shots of the West, rough-riding and a marvelous bridge.  Therefore it has interesting moments, but is not unlike dozens of other productions."  

His synopsis of the story: "In this narrative a young man with too much wealth is rejected by a girl because he, as she states, is nothing more than a tailor's dummy.  By accident he halts in the West and there is interested in a rodeo, eventually becoming known as 'Patches.'  He has a long, long walk to a ranch, but his face looks just about as clean at the end of the trudge as when he alighted from the train.  Then this young man, impersonated by John Bowers, who has been accustomed to sunken baths and all the imaginable luxuries that go with them, becomes a cowboy.  Prior to his learning to ride bucking broncos he shows that he can use his fists.  Eventually the girl from New York comes to Arizona.  But during the absence of Lawrence Knight, as 'Patches' is known at home, she has forgotten all about him and has been married to Stanley Manning (Edward Hearne), a young and successful bridge builder.  The other girl in the West helps for the usual happy ending."

The Variety critic arrived at a similar conclusion: "Eddie Cline, who handled the direction, turned out a workmanlike picture without any particular thrills, but telling the story in a straightforward manner and not dragging the action at any time.  The picture should get money in the average run of houses."

Another review of this movie appeared in Film Daily, February 10, 1924, but I have not yet obtained a copy.  Related website: http://www.dspears.com/fio/f02.htm

Release:  First National Release

Production: Sol Lesser

Director:  Edward F. Cline

Writing/Screenplay: From Harold Bell Wright's novel by same name.

Characters Actors
Laurence Knight, "Patches" John Bowers
Helen Wakefield Marguerite De La Motte
Phil Acton Robert W. Fraser
Kitty Reid June Marlowe
The Dean Forest Robinson
Elizabeth Rhodes
Fred Stanton
George Hackathorne
Edward Hearne
Johnny Fox, Jr.
Arthur Hoyt
Ray Thompson
Charles Malles

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

 

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