The Wasted Years (1916)

Drama | 19 June 1916

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HISTORY

Sources differ on the release date of this film, listing it variously as 5 Jun 1916, 19 Jun 1916 and 24 Jun ... More Less

Sources differ on the release date of this film, listing it variously as 5 Jun 1916, 19 Jun 1916 and 24 Jun 1916. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
1 Jul 16
pp. 36-37.
MPN
1 Jul 16
p. 4083.
MPW
1 Jul 16
p. 103, 160
NYDM
21 Oct 16
p. 26.
Variety
23 Jun 16
p. 19.
Wid's
22 Jun 16
p. 659.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 June 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Old Harry Weatherby, a derelict, begs for change on the street and spends the money to go to the theater. To his surprise, the play he watches depicts his own life story. In the play, a youthful Weatherby lives in a small town and becomes engaged to June, a pretty girl who works in a millinery shop. When Harry receives word that he is heir to $200,000, he abandons his fiancée and leaves for the city where he meets and impulsively marries Billie, an adventuress. June discovers Harry's whereabouts, but weds his rival when she learns of his marriage. After Billie becomes pregnant, she deserts Harry, but he spends his savings searching for her and the child. Billie dies and Harry finds Little Pal, his daughter, living in a tenement. On the way to reconcile with June, Harry and Little Pal are robbed of all of their possessions by gypsies. Upon reaching town, they discover that June is married. After Little Pal dies of consumption, Harry becomes a derelict and finally ends up at the theater. When the play is over, Harry is found dead in his ... +


Old Harry Weatherby, a derelict, begs for change on the street and spends the money to go to the theater. To his surprise, the play he watches depicts his own life story. In the play, a youthful Weatherby lives in a small town and becomes engaged to June, a pretty girl who works in a millinery shop. When Harry receives word that he is heir to $200,000, he abandons his fiancée and leaves for the city where he meets and impulsively marries Billie, an adventuress. June discovers Harry's whereabouts, but weds his rival when she learns of his marriage. After Billie becomes pregnant, she deserts Harry, but he spends his savings searching for her and the child. Billie dies and Harry finds Little Pal, his daughter, living in a tenement. On the way to reconcile with June, Harry and Little Pal are robbed of all of their possessions by gypsies. Upon reaching town, they discover that June is married. After Little Pal dies of consumption, Harry becomes a derelict and finally ends up at the theater. When the play is over, Harry is found dead in his seat. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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