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The working title of this film was Tom Brown at Harvard . Portions of this Picture were actually filmed at Harvard. Some reviews mistakenly credited the film to Essanay and Edison. This film was re-released in 1919 through state rights distributors. The film was re-made in 1926 by M-G-M, directed by Jack Conway and starring Jack Pickford. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

The working title of this film was Tom Brown at Harvard . Portions of this Picture were actually filmed at Harvard. Some reviews mistakenly credited the film to Essanay and Edison. This film was re-released in 1919 through state rights distributors. The film was re-made in 1926 by M-G-M, directed by Jack Conway and starring Jack Pickford. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0665.) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jan 18
p. 424, 447
ETR
12 Jan 18
p. 521.
MPN
5 Jan 18
p. 129.
MPW
12 Jan 17
pp. 184-85.
MPW
19 Jan 17
p. 378.
MPW
26 Jan 18
p. 570.
NYDM
5 Jan 18
p. 16, 21
Variety
1 Feb 18
p. 43.
Wid's
27 Dec 17
pp. 833-34.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Tom Brown at Harvard
Release Date:
10 January 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Selig Polyscope Co.
Copyright Date:
22 December 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11888
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tom Brown, the leader of the rich set at Harvard, is engaged to Evelyn Ames, whose brother Wilton, a gambler and a coward, is secretly married to Marian Thorne. Marian, aware that Wilton often borrows money from Tom, goes to his room looking for her husband, and when Evelyn pays an unexpected visit, she assumes that Tom is having an affair and breaks their engagement. Meanwhile, Marian's brother Gerald, who is working his way through college, is appointed stroke oar on the college rowing team. On the day of the contest, Victor Colton, a professional gambler to whom Wilton is in debt, schemes to eliminate Gerald from the race so that Harvard will lose. To accomplish this, Colton sends a forged letter to him at the last moment, purporting to come from Marian and telling him of her betrayal by Tom. Gerald, in a rage, refuses to row and leaves in search of his sister. Tom, his substitute, steps in and the crew wins. Tom is then celebrated as a hero until Gerald publicly accuses him of betraying Marion. However, he is exonerated when Wilton finally garners the courage to admit his marriage to Marion, and Evelyn, ashamed at her lack of faith, begs Tom's ... +


Tom Brown, the leader of the rich set at Harvard, is engaged to Evelyn Ames, whose brother Wilton, a gambler and a coward, is secretly married to Marian Thorne. Marian, aware that Wilton often borrows money from Tom, goes to his room looking for her husband, and when Evelyn pays an unexpected visit, she assumes that Tom is having an affair and breaks their engagement. Meanwhile, Marian's brother Gerald, who is working his way through college, is appointed stroke oar on the college rowing team. On the day of the contest, Victor Colton, a professional gambler to whom Wilton is in debt, schemes to eliminate Gerald from the race so that Harvard will lose. To accomplish this, Colton sends a forged letter to him at the last moment, purporting to come from Marian and telling him of her betrayal by Tom. Gerald, in a rage, refuses to row and leaves in search of his sister. Tom, his substitute, steps in and the crew wins. Tom is then celebrated as a hero until Gerald publicly accuses him of betraying Marion. However, he is exonerated when Wilton finally garners the courage to admit his marriage to Marion, and Evelyn, ashamed at her lack of faith, begs Tom's forgiveness. +

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

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