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The Amateur Gentleman
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Release Date:   29 Aug 1926
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 15 Aug 1926
Duration (in feet):   7,790
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Richard Barthelmess (Barnabas Barty)  
    Dorothy Dunbar (Lady Cleone Meredith)  
    Gardner James (Ronald Barrymaine)  
    Nigel Barrie (Sir Mortimer Carnaby)  
    Brandon Hurst (Peterby)  
    John Miljan (Viscount Devenham)  
    Edwards Davis (John Barty)  
    Billie Bennett (Duchess of Camberhurst)  
    Herbert Grimwood (Jasper Gaunt)  
    Gino Corrado (Prince Regent)  
    Sidney De Gray (Captain Chumley)  
    John Peters (Captain Slingsby)  

Summary: Barnabas Barty, the son of an innkeeper who was formerly a pugilist, inherits a fortune and sets out for London to become a gentleman. En route, he encounters Lady Cleone and falls madly in love with her, thus incurring the enmity of Sir Mortimer, his rival. In London he becomes friendly with Viscount Devenham and from him purchases a spirited horse, which he enters in a steeplechase. He meets Ronald, Cleone's derelict brother, and offers him money to repay his debts but is refused because of Mortimer's treachery. The steeplechase becomes a contest between Mortimer and Barnabas, the latter winning not only the race but also social standing. When Mortimer buys Ronald's notes and has the creditor threaten him with prison, Ronald kills the creditor in desperation. He then follows Barnabas to Mortimer's country house, where Ronald and Mortimer kill each other. Discouraged and dissillusioned, Barnabas returns to his village home. Cleone follows him there, and they are united by love. 

Production Company: Inspiration Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Writer: Lillie Hayward (Scen)
  Tom Miranda (Titles)
Photography: David W. Gobbett (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Tom Miranda (Film ed)
  Jeanne Spencer (Film cutter)
Set Decoration: Tec-Art Studios (Settings)
Production Misc: Col. G. L. McDonell (Tech adv)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the novel The Amateur Gentleman by Jeffery Farnol (Boston, 1913).
Authors: Jeffery Farnol

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Inspiration Pictures, Inc. 16/8/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP23029

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Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Historical
 
Subjects (Major): Debt
  Great Britain--History--18th century
  Inheritance
  London (England)
  Murder
  Nobility
  Class distinction
  Steeplechasing

Note: The Jeffery Farnol novel previously served as the basis for a 1920 British film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Langhorne Burton and Madge Stuart. A 1936 British-U.S. co-production made in England was also based on the novel. That film, which was released in the U.S. by United Artists, was directed by Thornton Fleeland and starred Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Elissa Landi (see entry). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   12 Sep 1926.   
New York Times   17 Aug 1926   p. 15.
Variety   18 Aug 1926   p. 60.

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