When We Were Twenty-One (1921)

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Stage star William Elliot (no relation to cowboy hero William "Wild Bill" Elliott starred in this first movie version of the Broadway hit When We Were Twenty-One. The story concerns a college romance, with the undergrad hero wooing the professor's daughter. The film comes to a rugged climax during an all-important football game, in which the real-life Bradhurst Field Club gridiron team was prominently featured. Taking into consideration the usual static nature of Edwin S. Porter's direction, one can safely assume that the "exterior" scenes were handled by co-director Hugh Ford. When We Were Twenty-One was remade, appropriately enough, in 1921.