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Some sources and reviews refer to the film as The Regeneration . Owen Kildare, known as "The Kipling of the Bowery," based his book on his own experiences. Some scenes in the film were shot in New York's Chinatown, the Bowery and the East Side tenements. The burning of the excursion barge was shot on the Hudson River near Nyack.
The film was re-released on 12 Jan 1919.
       It was Raoul Walsh's first full-length feature, and considered one of the early gangster films.
       Another film based on Kildare's story was the 1924 Universal production, Fools Highway , directed by Irving Cummings and starring Mary Philbin and Pat O'Malley (see entry). It had a working title of Mamie Rose early in production, and unlike the book or this film, Fools Highway had a happy ... More Less

Some sources and reviews refer to the film as The Regeneration . Owen Kildare, known as "The Kipling of the Bowery," based his book on his own experiences. Some scenes in the film were shot in New York's Chinatown, the Bowery and the East Side tenements. The burning of the excursion barge was shot on the Hudson River near Nyack.
The film was re-released on 12 Jan 1919.
       It was Raoul Walsh's first full-length feature, and considered one of the early gangster films.
       Another film based on Kildare's story was the 1924 Universal production, Fools Highway , directed by Irving Cummings and starring Mary Philbin and Pat O'Malley (see entry). It had a working title of Mamie Rose early in production, and unlike the book or this film, Fools Highway had a happy ending. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
10 Jul 1915
p. 54.
Motion Picture News
7 Aug 1915
p. 46.
Motion Picture News
9 Oct 1915
p. 38, 67.
Motion Picture News
21 Aug 1915
p. 63.
Motion Picture News
28 Aug 1915
p. 42.
Motion Picture News
18 Sep 1915
p. 55.
Motion Picture News
2 Oct 1915
p. 83.
Motog
9 Oct 15
p. 767.
Moving Picture World
2 Oct 1915
p. 94.
Moving Picture World
18 Jan 1919
p. 390.
Variety
24 Sep 1915
p. 21.
CAST
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book My Mamie Rose
The Story of My Regeneration by Owen Kildare (New York, 1903) and the play The Regeneration by Owen Kildare and Walter Hackett (New York, 1 Sep 1908).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Regeneration
Release Date:
13 September 1915
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
20 September 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6444
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Owen Conway's mother dies, the ten-year-old is taken in by his tenement neighbors, but when the intoxicated husband beats him, Owen runs away. Later, Owen works chopping ice at the New York docks and defends a hunchback from assault by a street tough named Skinny. Owen leads a gang at age twenty-five. When District Attorney Ames takes socialite Marie Deering, who is anxious to see a gangster, to a café, Owen, to please Marie, saves Ames from a beating. Marie, disturbed by the suffering she sees, becomes a settlement worker. Owen, whom Marie teaches to read and write, accompanies her on a riverboat excursion for slum dwellers, during which Skinny starts a fire. After Owen, warned by Ames that his relationship with Marie is doomed, consults a priest, Skinny, whom Owen, to return a favor, has hidden after he stabbed a policeman, attempts to rape Marie. When Owen returns, Skinny shoots at him and mistakenly kills Marie. Owen heeds her dying wish that he not take vengeance. After the hunchback shoots the fleeing Skinny, who falls to his death, the hunchback and Owen pray by Marie's ... +


After Owen Conway's mother dies, the ten-year-old is taken in by his tenement neighbors, but when the intoxicated husband beats him, Owen runs away. Later, Owen works chopping ice at the New York docks and defends a hunchback from assault by a street tough named Skinny. Owen leads a gang at age twenty-five. When District Attorney Ames takes socialite Marie Deering, who is anxious to see a gangster, to a café, Owen, to please Marie, saves Ames from a beating. Marie, disturbed by the suffering she sees, becomes a settlement worker. Owen, whom Marie teaches to read and write, accompanies her on a riverboat excursion for slum dwellers, during which Skinny starts a fire. After Owen, warned by Ames that his relationship with Marie is doomed, consults a priest, Skinny, whom Owen, to return a favor, has hidden after he stabbed a policeman, attempts to rape Marie. When Owen returns, Skinny shoots at him and mistakenly kills Marie. Owen heeds her dying wish that he not take vengeance. After the hunchback shoots the fleeing Skinny, who falls to his death, the hunchback and Owen pray by Marie's grave. +

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