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1916, Eyes

1919, Shepherd
1924, Man
1924, Mine
1925, Son Father 
1925. Brian K
1926, Barb W
1928, Shepherd
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1930, Eyes
1935, When Man
1936,  Matthews
1936, The Mine
1936, Wild Brian
1937, West  Gold
1937, Out West
1937, Secret Vly
1937, Californian
1941, Shepherd
1949, Massacre
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Wild Brian Kent -- 1936 


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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.

 

Insert courtesy Rick Gunter

Lobby card courtesy Eric Tudor
3-sheet courtesy Rick Gunter
wildbrianred.jpg (43467 bytes) Lobby card above, A. K. Smiley Library  (CLICK)

1936,  60 minutes,  Fox,  black and white,  mono

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.

Character Actor
Brian Kent Ralph Bellamy
Betty Prentice Mae Clark
Sue Prentice Helen Lowell
Tony Baxter Stanley Andrews
Bill Harris Lew Kelly
Jed Eddie Chandler
Phil Hanson Richard Alexander
Old Timer Jack Duffy
Howard Hickman

Availability: This movie is usually available from Movies Unlimited, 3015 Darnell Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. 1-800-668-4344 www.moviesunlimited.com.

 


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