1936, 60 minutes, Fox, black and
Reviews: The reviews are as negative as
usual for a movie connected with Harold Bell Wright. The Motion
Picture Guide called it a "below average programmer," and Variety says the
"Harold Bell Wright story has little to commend. Of the old
gaslight drama school, it unwinds slowly."
It is apparent from the reviews, however, that the
movie bears more than a passing resemblance to Wright's novel, The
Recreation of Brian Kent, though the details are different.
Bellamy is a good-for-nothing polo player, who
wanders from town to town begging food and other conveniences. He
is given room and board at a farm owned by a woman and her attractive
daughter. As is expected in a movie of this genre, Bellamy finds
that a swindler in town is attempting to cheat them out of their
homestead. Bellamy wins $500 in a horse race and uses the money,
not to pay off the mortgage, but to buy a threshing machine to harvest
the farm's crop. The swindler sets fire to the fields in an
attempt to destroy the thresher. Variety concludes, "Bellamy
shows his supposed polo playing experience by driving back an old fire
house pumper and putting out the fire. That wins him the gal and
presumably redemption." As you can see on the poster above,
the fire house pumper is horse-drawn.
Release: 20th Century Fox
Production: Sol Lesser production
Director: Howard Bretherton
Writing/Screenplay: "From story by
Harold Bell Wright," screenplay by Earle Snell and Don Swift.
Availability: This movie is usually available from
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Philadelphia, PA 19154. 1-800-668-4344