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This film was inspired by a number made famous by Gus Edwards in his vaudeville sketches. Copyrighted as 8 ... More Less

This film was inspired by a number made famous by Gus Edwards in his vaudeville sketches. Copyrighted as 8 reels. More Less

DETAILS
Release Date:
25 December 1921
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 1 December 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Harry Rapf Productions
Copyright Date:
22 November 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17224
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Col title cards by Prizma
Length(in feet):
7,000
Length(in reels):
7-8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Speck Brown, a country boy, is reared by the cruel Deacon Jones, who insists that Speck attend school. Speck is happy with the local boys and his dog, Hippy, as companions and is fond of his kindly schoolteacher, but when she defends the boy against his guardian, the deacon forces her to resign. A stranger comes to town, and through his kindness Speck is able to go to New York City; at a private school he continues his boyish pranks and is snubbed at a party he gives for his wealthy neighbors. He becomes involved in a scheme perpetrated by two friends who turn out to be crooked and plot to rob the house in which he is living. Disgusted with society, and realizing that money cannot buy him happiness, he returns to his boyhood ... +


Speck Brown, a country boy, is reared by the cruel Deacon Jones, who insists that Speck attend school. Speck is happy with the local boys and his dog, Hippy, as companions and is fond of his kindly schoolteacher, but when she defends the boy against his guardian, the deacon forces her to resign. A stranger comes to town, and through his kindness Speck is able to go to New York City; at a private school he continues his boyish pranks and is snubbed at a party he gives for his wealthy neighbors. He becomes involved in a scheme perpetrated by two friends who turn out to be crooked and plot to rob the house in which he is living. Disgusted with society, and realizing that money cannot buy him happiness, he returns to his boyhood hometown. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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