The Blue Boy (1926)

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In spite of its name, Educational was a film company that was primarily known for its two-reel comedies. Occasionally the studio would venture into dramatic films, which, judging by this completely fictional tale of the creation of Sir Thomas Gainsborough's famed "Blue Boy," were no more "educational" than its comedies. When Sir Harry Lonsdale and his wife, Edith (John Roche and Jane Thomas), have a son, they are thrilled. But tragedy strikes when Sir Harry leaves the baby carriage alone for just a few moments and the baby is stolen by a Gypsy. Eight years later a band of Gypsies camp out behind the Lonsdale castle and they plan to rob the estate. They force one of the little boys (Philippe DeLacy) to accompany them, but he is caught. Sir Harry sternly goes to the camp to mete out punishment to the Gypsies, but the daughter offers to reveal the boy's past if her father can go free. It's pretty easy to guess that the boy is Sir Harry's own son. Dressed in the costume of the court, the boy comes down the stairs and the sight inspires one of the Lonsdale's guests, Sir Thomas Gainsborough (Montague Shaw), to paint the famed "Blue Boy." Incidentally, nothing in this film comes anywhere close to the truth behind the real painting.