Brown Of Harvard (1926)

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    • Brown Of Harvard (1926)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Tom Brown is confident and a bit arrogant,when he shows up at Harvard.
      He becomes a rival of Bob McAndrew, not only in football and rowing crew,
      but also for the affections of Mary Abbott, a professor's daughter.
      Both put their differences aside, to defeat Yale during the crucial game.
      by ethanedwards

      Full Cast
      William Haines ... Tom Brown
      Jack Pickford ... Jim Doolittle
      Mary Brian ... Mary Abbott
      Ralph Bushman ... Bob McAndrew (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.)
      Mary Alden ... Mrs. Brown
      David Torrence ... Mr. Brown
      Edward Connelly ... Professor Abbott
      Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Hal Walters (as Guinn Williams)
      Donald Reed ... Reggie Smythe (as Ernest Gillen)
      Robert Livingston ... Harvard Student / Yale Cheering Section / Harvard Spectator (uncredited)
      Grady Sutton ... One of the Dickeys (uncredited)
      Duke Morrison ... Yale Football Player (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Joseph Farnham (titles) (as Joe Farnham)
      Donald Ogden Stewart adaptation
      A.P. Younger scenario
      Rida Johnson Young play "Brown of Harvard"

      Ira H. Morgan

      John Wayne makes his first screen appearance here as a member of the Yale football team.

      The original Broadway production of "Brown of Havard" by Rida Johnson Young
      opened at the Princess Theater on February 26, 1906 and ran for 101 performances.

      The ball game used actual footage, from the previous year's
      Yale- Harvard meeting. by ethanedwards

      Filming Locations
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Brown Of Harvard (1926)

      Brown of Harvard is a 1926 American silent film directed by Jack Conway
      and starring William Haines, Jack Pickford, and Mary Brian.
      Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film is based on the successful
      1906 Broadway play Brown of Harvard by Rida Johnson Young
      who also co-wrote the popular music for the play along with Melvin Ellis.

      The film is the best known of the three Brown of Harvard films,
      presenting the screen debut of John Wayne. Uncredited,
      Wayne played a Yale football player. Grady Sutton and Robert Livingston,
      both of whom went on to long and successful careers, also appear uncredited.
      The 1918 film included future Boston Redskins coach William "Lone Star" Dietz
      and the only Washington State University football team to win a Rose Bowl.

      This is a most significent film,
      as initially it was thought
      that this the first movie that
      the young Duke Morrison appeared in, but not visibly seen.
      However its is now considered that Duke
      first visible appearance was in
      the Ham Hamillton Comedy.
      Careful Please
      released earlier in the year of 1926.

      It is also worth noting that it was a silent movie.

      During Duke's freshman year at USC,
      he earned pocket money as an extra
      Although Duke is un-credited,
      he doubled for Bushman in the football scenes.
      Ward Bond, whom Duke met at this time
      was also in this squad.

      User Review
      Truly brilliant film is full of surprises
      Author: David Atfield

      This is an extraordinary film, that tricks you constantly. It seems to be heading toward cliche at several points, and then something astonishing will happen that genuinely startles. It would give away too much to say much more, but stick with this film and you will be richly rewarded. William Haines is absolutely delightful - he is certainly a star that deserves to be re-discovered. The gay subtext in his relationship with Jack Pickford is amazing - there is even a scene where Haines rubs Pickford's chest (Pickford has a cold). Both actors play this sub-text subtlely and with great depth of emotion, so that there are moments that are very moving. And I never thought I could get so involved in a football match as I did in this movie - and I don't even understand the rules! Also excellent is Francis X. Bushman's son Ralph as Haines' rival for the girl (yes, it's not completely a gay movie). Wonderful silent classic - a great example of Twenties commercial cinema with an edge.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Brown Of Harvard (1926)

      Hi Keith

      I have attached a couple of screen captures I think are JW in Brown of Harvard

      Who is in the still you have posted please
      Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind
    • Brown of Harvard (1926)

      It was reported that JW ran a tackle in a scene. I believe it is possible the runner in the rear is JW.
    • Re: Brown Of Harvard (1926)

      Hello Elly....

      Are you thinking that the football player with the #17 uniform in the left pix is JW?....I cannot tell if this is a Yale uniform or not, but this player seems more *stocky*(even with football uniform with pads) than JW would be at his age at the time..(19yrs old) I have seen several pix at early ages, and he was a fairly skinny guy....Yes?...What has been your experience?
      I am curious as to your motive for this supposition...I hope you are right!!

      Best Regards,

    • Re: Brown Of Harvard (1926)

      Hello Rob

      I have this information re Brown of Harvard

      “…among them Francis X. Bushman (for whom Duke had doubled in Brown of Harvard while still a USC student)” Page 118

      Brown of Harvard (MGM 1925)…Duke cited this as his first appearance on film, a collegiate football picture in which he doubled on the playing field for Francis X. Bushman jr. Pexy Eckles was an extra in the grandstand scenes. Neither received billing” Page 389
      Shepherd, Donald and Slatzer, Robert withGrayson, Dave. Duke the Life and times of John Wayne, Sphere books UK, 1986. ISBN 0751507814. Donald Shepherd, Robert Slatzer and DaveGrayson were all personal friends of John Wayne. Slatzer (as Robert F Slatzer) was thedirector of No Substitute for victory,a documentary in which John Wayne was the narrator. Dave Grayson, as John Wayne’s personal makeup artist was on set with Duke for every film he made in the last 15 years of his life. Mr. Grayson kept extensive journals, which together with his personal recollections, were used in this book.

      “The film is noteworthy as the first known screen appearance of John Wayne (then still known as Marion Morrison). He and several other USC footballers served as stand-ins for the actors. Wayne doubled for Francis X. Bushman, Jr.” Page 54
      Landesman, Fred. The John Wayne Filmography, McFarland & Company, Inc.,2007. ISBN 0786432527.

      “Wayne can be seen on the football field as number 17.”

      “[Duke] did some extra work in films like Brown of Harvard.”
      John Waynestory the early years Video documentary 2001 GT Media

      Hope this helps

      Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind