The Re-creation of Brian Kent (1925)

Melodrama | 15 February 1925

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HISTORY

An item in the 2 Dec 1922 Camera reported that Frank Lloyd would write the screenplay for and direct The Re-creation of Brian Kent for Principal Pictures Corp. Producer Sol Lesser stated that it would be the first of nine novels by Harold Bell Wright to be filmed, and each would have a budget of $250,000. By the time the story was filmed nearly two years later, Lloyd was not part of the project.
       According to contemporary news items, portions of the film were shot on location in Shasta County, CA, along the Pit River and beside the Burney Falls. In 1935, Sol Lesser produced another film based on the Howard Bell Wright novel. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., that film was entitled Wild Brian Kent. It was directed by Howard Bretherton and starred Ralph Bellamy and Mae Clarke (see ... More Less

An item in the 2 Dec 1922 Camera reported that Frank Lloyd would write the screenplay for and direct The Re-creation of Brian Kent for Principal Pictures Corp. Producer Sol Lesser stated that it would be the first of nine novels by Harold Bell Wright to be filmed, and each would have a budget of $250,000. By the time the story was filmed nearly two years later, Lloyd was not part of the project.
       According to contemporary news items, portions of the film were shot on location in Shasta County, CA, along the Pit River and beside the Burney Falls. In 1935, Sol Lesser produced another film based on the Howard Bell Wright novel. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., that film was entitled Wild Brian Kent. It was directed by Howard Bretherton and starred Ralph Bellamy and Mae Clarke (see entry). More Less

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Camera
2 Dec 1922
p. 4.
Exhibitors Trade Review
25 Oct 1924
p. 43.
Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Jan 1925
p. 16.
Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Mar 1925
p. 54.
Film Daily
8 Mar 1926.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Re-creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright (Chicago, 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 February 1925
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,878
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To support a demanding wife, bank clerk Brian Kent embezzles a large sum of money and, overcome with remorse, attempts to commit suicide by casting himself adrift in a small boat on a rough river. The boat is caught in willows, however, and Brian meets Judy, a little maidservant who introduces him to her mistress, Auntie Sue, a schoolteacher. Under Auntie Sue's benign influence, Brian reforms and writes a book. Falling in love with Betty Jo, Brian incurs the enmity of Judy, who tells her father of Brian's unsavory past. Judy's father starts out for the bank, but Auntie Sue gets there first and persuades the bank president (a former pupil of hers) not to prosecute Brian. Brian's wife attempts to visit him and is drowned. Brian finds happiness with Betty ... +


To support a demanding wife, bank clerk Brian Kent embezzles a large sum of money and, overcome with remorse, attempts to commit suicide by casting himself adrift in a small boat on a rough river. The boat is caught in willows, however, and Brian meets Judy, a little maidservant who introduces him to her mistress, Auntie Sue, a schoolteacher. Under Auntie Sue's benign influence, Brian reforms and writes a book. Falling in love with Betty Jo, Brian incurs the enmity of Judy, who tells her father of Brian's unsavory past. Judy's father starts out for the bank, but Auntie Sue gets there first and persuades the bank president (a former pupil of hers) not to prosecute Brian. Brian's wife attempts to visit him and is drowned. Brian finds happiness with Betty Jo. +

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