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Two reviewers noted that this film was made by Balboa at an earlier date. Henry Walthall left Balboa early in 1915. The reviewers also commented that the film seemed padded with superfluous material. It is possible that the Balboa film was shorter in length originally and was lengthened to five reels by the Celebrated Players Film Co. It is also possible that the film was to be released earlier under another title, and that the title The Birth of a Man was chosen for this release to take advantage of the similarity to the title of the popular film The Birth of a Nation , in which Walthall also ... More Less

Two reviewers noted that this film was made by Balboa at an earlier date. Henry Walthall left Balboa early in 1915. The reviewers also commented that the film seemed padded with superfluous material. It is possible that the Balboa film was shorter in length originally and was lengthened to five reels by the Celebrated Players Film Co. It is also possible that the film was to be released earlier under another title, and that the title The Birth of a Man was chosen for this release to take advantage of the similarity to the title of the popular film The Birth of a Nation , in which Walthall also appeared. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
19 Jun 15
p. 1947.
MPN
5 Feb 16
p. 721.
Variety
12 May 16
p. 19.
Wid's
18 May 16
p. 585.
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A millionaire, who has only contempt for the poor, is robbed and left in a burning barn in the country. He escapes, wanders in the hills for days and then returns to the city unshaven and tattered. He goes to his friends for help, but they cannot recognize him. When his servants refuse to admit him into his own home, he decides to break in, assisted by a poor man who had given him food. Once inside, the millionaire shaves and changes into his best clothes. He is immediately recognized, but while his appearance is now familiar, his outlook is different. He decides to devote his life to those less fortunate than he, because the poor man who fed him had shown him such ... +


A millionaire, who has only contempt for the poor, is robbed and left in a burning barn in the country. He escapes, wanders in the hills for days and then returns to the city unshaven and tattered. He goes to his friends for help, but they cannot recognize him. When his servants refuse to admit him into his own home, he decides to break in, assisted by a poor man who had given him food. Once inside, the millionaire shaves and changes into his best clothes. He is immediately recognized, but while his appearance is now familiar, his outlook is different. He decides to devote his life to those less fortunate than he, because the poor man who fed him had shown him such kindness. +

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Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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