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HISTORY

Nat C. Goodwin and Maxine Elliott appeared in the stage production. This was William Elliott's first film. Pathé released a film based on this play in 1920 with the same title. First National Pictures based their film The Truth About Youth on this play. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5880.) The film opened in New York on 28 Mar 1915 and was released nationally on 5 Apr ... More Less

Nat C. Goodwin and Maxine Elliott appeared in the stage production. This was William Elliott's first film. Pathé released a film based on this play in 1920 with the same title. First National Pictures based their film The Truth About Youth on this play. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5880.) The film opened in New York on 28 Mar 1915 and was released nationally on 5 Apr 1915. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
17 Apr 15
p. 634.
MPN
9 Jan 15
p. 42.
MPN
27 Feb 15
p. 30.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 2198.
MPN
10 Apr 15
p. 57.
MPW
10 Apr 15
p. 246.
MPW
24 Apr 15
p. 644.
NYDM
7 Apr 15
p. 28.
Variety
2 Apr 15
p. 21.
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LITERARY
Based on the play When We Were Twenty-One by Henry V. Esmond (New York, 5 Feb 1900).
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 April 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Barrister Dick Carew receives a letter from a dying friend asking that he and his three bachelor friends, known as the Trinity, adopt his baby, Richard Audaine. Although they experience awkwardness in caring for the infant, they soon grow to love him. In a mock ceremony, the four guardians betroth Richard to Phyllis, the baby daughter of the housekeeper, Mrs. Ericson. Nicknamed "The Imp" because of his fondness for pranks, Richard grows to be athletic and handsome. In college, Richard lives a riotous life, while becoming a football hero. Richard soon becomes infatuated with a dancer known as "The Firefly," who, after hearing a rumor that he will inherit a fortune when he turns twenty-one, entices him to marry her. Richard's four guardians, ready to sacrifice their own reputations, help extricate Richard from the marriage after "The Firefly," upon learning that Richard has no fortune, leaves him for another man. Regenerated through suffering, Richard, at the end, finds a lasting ... +


Barrister Dick Carew receives a letter from a dying friend asking that he and his three bachelor friends, known as the Trinity, adopt his baby, Richard Audaine. Although they experience awkwardness in caring for the infant, they soon grow to love him. In a mock ceremony, the four guardians betroth Richard to Phyllis, the baby daughter of the housekeeper, Mrs. Ericson. Nicknamed "The Imp" because of his fondness for pranks, Richard grows to be athletic and handsome. In college, Richard lives a riotous life, while becoming a football hero. Richard soon becomes infatuated with a dancer known as "The Firefly," who, after hearing a rumor that he will inherit a fortune when he turns twenty-one, entices him to marry her. Richard's four guardians, ready to sacrifice their own reputations, help extricate Richard from the marriage after "The Firefly," upon learning that Richard has no fortune, leaves him for another man. Regenerated through suffering, Richard, at the end, finds a lasting love. +

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