Regeneration (1915 film)
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Anna Q. Nilsson and William Sheer
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Owen Frawley Kildare (memoir)
Anna Q. Nilsson
James A. Marcus
|Distributed by||Fox Film|
|Running time||72 minutes|
Regeneration is a 1915 American silent film, shot on location in New York City's Lower East Side, which tells the story of a poor orphan who rises to control the mob until he meets a woman for whom he wants to change. Believed to be the first gangster movie, the picture was co-written and directed by Raoul Walsh, who had portrayed John Wilkes Booth in The Birth of a Nation earlier the same year, and stars Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, James A. Marcus, John McCann, Maggie Weston, H. McCoy, William Sheer, and Carl Harbaugh, and was the first film produced by Fox Film, a forerunner of the 20th Century Fox.
The movie was adapted by Carl Harbaugh and Walsh from a memoir My Mamie Rose by Owen Frawley Kildare and the adapted play by Kildare and Walter C. Hackett. In 2000, Regeneration was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".
The story follows the life of Owen, a young boy who is forced into a life a poverty after his mother dies. As a result, Owen is forced to live on the street eventually turning to a life of crime. Owen is eventually reformed, however, by the benevolent Marie Deering.
- Rockliffe Fellowes - Owen Conway
- James A. Marcus - Jim Conway
- Anna Q. Nilsson - Marie 'Mamie Rose' Deering
- Maggie Weston - Maggie Conway
- Willam Sheer - Skinny
- Carl Harbaugh - District Attorney Ames
- John McCann - Owen Conway (10 years old)
- H. McCoy - Owen Conway (17 years old)
Tony Tracy, ‘The Pauper and the Prince: Transformative Masculinity in Raoul Walsh's Regeneration,’ Film History: An International Journal, Volume 23, Number 4, 2011, pp. 414–427
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