Brown of Harvard (1926)

Romance | 5 April 1926

Director:

Jack Conway

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

Frank Davis

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

An earlier adaptation of Rida Johnson Young's story was made in 1918 by the Selig Polyscope Co., directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Tom Moore and Hazel Daly (see entry).
       The 23 May 1925 Motion Picture News announced the remake as part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “Quality 52” releases for the upcoming season. Actors Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Boardman were listed in leading roles, but both were replaced before the start of production. Five months later, the 23 Oct 1925 FD reported that Jack Conway would direct the picture.
       According to the 14 Nov 1925 Motion Picture News, the lead actor had not yet been chosen, but considerations were given to Ramon Novarro, Douglas Gilmore, Ernest Gillen, and William Haines. The part of “Tom Brown” eventually went to Haines, and Gillen was cast in a supporting role. Two months later, the 17 Jan 1926 FD announced that actor Jack Pickford had been hired to play “Jack Doolittle.”
       Principal photography began on 21 Jan 1926, as noted in a 22 Jan 1926 FD news item. The 7 Feb 1926 FD reported that cast and crew were on location in Sacramento, CA. Production continued at the M-G-M studios in Culver City, CA, according to the 17 Feb 1926 Var.
       On 14 Mar 1926, FD announced that editing was underway.
       According to the 3 Apr 1926 FD, a preview screening was held earlier that week at the De Luxe Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, where the picture received “tremendous applause” from the packed ... More Less

An earlier adaptation of Rida Johnson Young's story was made in 1918 by the Selig Polyscope Co., directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Tom Moore and Hazel Daly (see entry).
       The 23 May 1925 Motion Picture News announced the remake as part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “Quality 52” releases for the upcoming season. Actors Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Boardman were listed in leading roles, but both were replaced before the start of production. Five months later, the 23 Oct 1925 FD reported that Jack Conway would direct the picture.
       According to the 14 Nov 1925 Motion Picture News, the lead actor had not yet been chosen, but considerations were given to Ramon Novarro, Douglas Gilmore, Ernest Gillen, and William Haines. The part of “Tom Brown” eventually went to Haines, and Gillen was cast in a supporting role. Two months later, the 17 Jan 1926 FD announced that actor Jack Pickford had been hired to play “Jack Doolittle.”
       Principal photography began on 21 Jan 1926, as noted in a 22 Jan 1926 FD news item. The 7 Feb 1926 FD reported that cast and crew were on location in Sacramento, CA. Production continued at the M-G-M studios in Culver City, CA, according to the 17 Feb 1926 Var.
       On 14 Mar 1926, FD announced that editing was underway.
       According to the 3 Apr 1926 FD, a preview screening was held earlier that week at the De Luxe Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, where the picture received “tremendous applause” from the packed house. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Oct 1925
p. 4.
Film Daily
17 Jan 1926
p. 1.
Film Daily
22 Jan 1926
p. 2.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1926
p. 11.
Film Daily
14 Mar 1926
p. 11.
Film Daily
3 Apr 1926.
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Film Daily
9 May 1926.
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Motion Picture News
23 May 1925
p. 2521, 2531.
Motion Picture News
14 Nov 1925
p. 2250.
New York Times
3 May 1926
p. 27.
Variety
17 Feb 1926
p. 39.
Variety
5 May 1926
p. 18.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Brown of Harvard by Rida Johnson Young (New York, 26 Feb 1906) and the novel of the same name by Johnson and Gilbert P. Coleman (New York, 1907).
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 April 1926
Production Date:
began 21 January 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 April 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22793
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,941
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tom Brown, a breezy, handsome youth with a Don Juan reputation, quickly becomes popular at Harvard but soon is temperamentally opposed to Bob "Mac" McAndrews, a studious, reserved boy who becomes his chief rival for the affections of Mary Abbott, a professor's daughter. Tom rooms with Doolittle (Doo), an awkward but goodhearted backwoods youth who comes to idolize Tom. At a party, Tom forcibly kisses Mary, and a tussle with Mac follows. Later, Tom challenges Mac as stroker on the college rowing team but loses. When he forces a confession of love from Mary, he takes to drink in shame. Sometime later, Tom replaces Mac in a match against Yale, but he collapses and is disgraced. His father persuades him to go out for football. To save his friend's reputation, Doo, who is ill, exposes himself to rain and is hospitalized. Tom plays in a game against Yale and at a crucial moment gives Mac a chance to score for the team. He goes to tell Doo of the victory, but Doo dies shortly afterward. Tom is acclaimed a hero and is happily united with ... +


Tom Brown, a breezy, handsome youth with a Don Juan reputation, quickly becomes popular at Harvard but soon is temperamentally opposed to Bob "Mac" McAndrews, a studious, reserved boy who becomes his chief rival for the affections of Mary Abbott, a professor's daughter. Tom rooms with Doolittle (Doo), an awkward but goodhearted backwoods youth who comes to idolize Tom. At a party, Tom forcibly kisses Mary, and a tussle with Mac follows. Later, Tom challenges Mac as stroker on the college rowing team but loses. When he forces a confession of love from Mary, he takes to drink in shame. Sometime later, Tom replaces Mac in a match against Yale, but he collapses and is disgraced. His father persuades him to go out for football. To save his friend's reputation, Doo, who is ill, exposes himself to rain and is hospitalized. Tom plays in a game against Yale and at a crucial moment gives Mac a chance to score for the team. He goes to tell Doo of the victory, but Doo dies shortly afterward. Tom is acclaimed a hero and is happily united with Mary. +

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