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Referring to the picture as Wild Youth, the 7 Jun 1922 FD announced that Tec-Art Studios, Inc., had been hired to construct sets at their Talmadge Studios headquarters in New York City. The 17 Jun 1922 Moving Picture World noted that production began that week at Talmadge Studios, with additional locations planned in Greenwich Village. The independently produced “flapper” story was written and directed by Ivan Abramson, president of Graphic Film Corporation.
       According to the 1 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, production was expected to be completed within two weeks, and the film was slated for a Sep 1922 release, through States Right Sales distribution.
       On 15 Jul 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review and Moving Picture World reported that child actor Bobby Connelly had died following complications from acute bronchitis on the evening of 6 Jul 1922, at the home of his parents. The twelve-year-old boy had just completed work on Wildness of Youth, and his death was deeply mourned by director Abramson, who had been in the process of writing a starring role for Connelly as his next feature. Bobby Connelly began acting at age four, and the following year he became a Vitagraph Company player, where he was best known for starring in thirty Sonny Jim one-reelers. His funeral was attended by many prominent members of the film community, including the cast from Wildness of Youth and his previous colleagues from Vitagraph, according to the 22 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The 22 Jul 1922 Moving Picture World stated that cutting and titling of the picture ... More Less

Referring to the picture as Wild Youth, the 7 Jun 1922 FD announced that Tec-Art Studios, Inc., had been hired to construct sets at their Talmadge Studios headquarters in New York City. The 17 Jun 1922 Moving Picture World noted that production began that week at Talmadge Studios, with additional locations planned in Greenwich Village. The independently produced “flapper” story was written and directed by Ivan Abramson, president of Graphic Film Corporation.
       According to the 1 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review, production was expected to be completed within two weeks, and the film was slated for a Sep 1922 release, through States Right Sales distribution.
       On 15 Jul 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review and Moving Picture World reported that child actor Bobby Connelly had died following complications from acute bronchitis on the evening of 6 Jul 1922, at the home of his parents. The twelve-year-old boy had just completed work on Wildness of Youth, and his death was deeply mourned by director Abramson, who had been in the process of writing a starring role for Connelly as his next feature. Bobby Connelly began acting at age four, and the following year he became a Vitagraph Company player, where he was best known for starring in thirty Sonny Jim one-reelers. His funeral was attended by many prominent members of the film community, including the cast from Wildness of Youth and his previous colleagues from Vitagraph, according to the 22 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The 22 Jul 1922 Moving Picture World stated that cutting and titling of the picture had been completed. On 5 Aug 1922, Moving Picture World announced the title change to Wildness of Youth, as the working title, Wild Youth, had already been used by Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
       The 19 Aug 1922 Moving Picture World reported a benefit premiere planned to be held on 20 Aug 1922 in Asbury Park, NJ, with proceeds from the event to support the Hebrew Day Nursery.
       The 27 Aug 1922 FD review was mixed, stating that the picture was “fine entertainment,” but only for a particular audience, as it was deemed “not a high class entertainment.” Bobby Connelly was praised as a “pleasing youngster,” although the picture’s titles were rated “poor” and blamed for creating confusion during a time-lapse sequence. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Jun 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Jul 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Jul 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Jul 1922.
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Film Daily
7 Jun 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
27 Aug 1922
p. 7.
Moving Picture World
17 Jun 1922.
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Moving Picture World
15 Jul 1922.
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Moving Picture World
22 Jul 1922.
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Moving Picture World
5 Aug 1922.
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Moving Picture World
19 Aug 1922.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Wild Youth
Release Date:
29 September 1922
Premiere Information:
Premiere: 20 August 1922 in Asbury Park, NJ
Production Date:
mid June--mid July 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Ivan Abramson
Copyright Date:
4 August 1922
Copyright Number:
LU18118
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,370
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Andrew Kane, the spoiled and wayward son of once wealthy parents, vies with stockbroker James Surbrun for the hand of Jule Grayton, the wild and willful daughter of a philanthropist. Accused of murdering his rival, Kane is convicted but later cleared of the charge. The "wild" couple settle down and find happiness in ... +


Andrew Kane, the spoiled and wayward son of once wealthy parents, vies with stockbroker James Surbrun for the hand of Jule Grayton, the wild and willful daughter of a philanthropist. Accused of murdering his rival, Kane is convicted but later cleared of the charge. The "wild" couple settle down and find happiness in reconciliation. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Society


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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