Brown of Harvard (1918)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

The play by Rida Johnson Young and Gilbert Coleman helped set the standard by which all other college stories were drawn, and this was the first filmed version of it. Tom Moore plays Tom Brown, the rich college student who is despised by Gerald Thorne (Walter McGrail), who is working his way through school. Brown's fiancee, Evelyn Ames (Hazel Daly) has a weakling brother, Wilton (Kempton Greene), who is secretly married to Thorne's sister Mary (Nancy Winston). Things get even more complicated when Brown, after trying to keep Wilton out of trouble, is accused of an affair with Mary by Evelyn. Through a mutual friend, the do-gooding Brown secretly gives Thorne the money to enable him to join the Harvard boat crew as the stroke. But a gambler (Sidney Ainsworth) who has bet on Yale, sends Thorne a forged letter asserting that Mary was betrayed by Brown. Thorne storms off in search of his sister but Brown takes over the stroke position and wins the race. Wilton finally admits he is married to Mary and Evelyn and Brown are reunited. This story -- with a number of radical plot changes -- was made once again in 1926 with William Haines in the title role.