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The Island of Regeneration
Director: Harry Davenport (Dir)
Release Date:   17 May 1915
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Edith Storey (Katherine Brenton)  
    Bobby Connelly (John Charnock, Jr., as a boy)  
    Antonio Moreno (John Charnock, Jr., as a man)  
    S. Rankin Drew (Valentine Langford)  
    Leo Delaney (John Charnock, Sr.)  
    Naomi Childers (Virginia Charnock)  
    Jack Brawn (Dr. Clayton)  
    Lillian Herbert (Phyllis Carney)  
    Logan Paul (Captain Harding)  

Summary: John Charnock, a wealthy estate owner from Virginia, dies when his yacht catches fire in the South Pacific. Mrs. Charnock and her son John drift to an uninhabited island, where she soon dies. Twenty years later, wealthy Katherine Brenton, who thinks that men and women can have platonic friendships under any conditions, accepts clubman Valentine Langford's offer to test her theory. On his yacht in the South Pacific, Langford attacks her and she knocks him cold. She escapes and lands on John's island, and over the next three years, she educates him. She gradually falls in love and realizes the futility of her doctrines. When Langford's search boat arrives, he claims her because of the two weeks they spent on his yacht. John's love is shaken. Katherine goes to a secret cave to think, and John, believing that she has drowned, goes to Virginia. Langford finds Katherine and proposes. After Katherine refuses him, Langford tells John to return to the island. John finds Katherine and they return to America reunited. 

Production Company: Vitagraph Co. of America  
  Broadway Star Features Co.  
Production Text: A Blue Ribbon Feature
Distribution Company: V-L-S-E, Inc.  
Director: Harry Davenport (Dir)
Producer: J. Stuart Blackton (Supv)
  Albert E. Smith (Supv)
Writer: Jasper Ewing Brady (Scen)
Photography: Thomas F. Molloy (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Island of Regeneration: A Story of What Ought to Be by Cyrus Townsend Brady (New York, 1909).
Authors: Cyrus Townsend Brady

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
The Vitagraph Co. of America 11/2/1915 dd/mm/yyyy LP4458

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Castaways
  Education
  Innocents
  Islands
  Socialites
  South Pacific
 
Subjects (Minor): Caves
  Rape
  Ship fires
  Virginia
  Yachts and yachting

Note: This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 31 Jan 1915. It was released by V-L-S-E, Inc. on 17 May 1915. It was re-released in 1920 and copyrighted again by Vitagraph under the number LP15221 on 7 Jun 1920. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   29 May 15   p. 875, 910
MPN   20 Feb 15   p. 48.
MPW   13 Feb 15   p. 993.
MPW   7 Aug 15   p. 81.
NYDM   10 Feb 15   p. 28.
Variety   4 Jun 15   p. 18.
VLP   1 Mar 15   p. 28.

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