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The Soul of Youth (1920)

imdb rating7.0
After directing him as the title character in Huckleberry Finn, William Desmond Taylor again used boy actor Lewis Sargent in this picture. His character, known merely as "the boy," has been raised in an orphanage where he has caused as much trouble as possible. He finally can't stand living there anymore and runs away. On the streets he finds a friend in Mike (Ernest Butterworth), a newsboy. Mike teaches him how to survive but inevitably the boy gets hauled into court. However, the judge sees potential in him and hands him over to be adopted by a young politician. The judge, incidentally, is played by Judge Ben Lindsey, who was famous in his day for his efforts to give delinquent boys a decent chance in life.

Director

portraitWilliam Desmond Taylor

Cast

portraitLewis Sargent - Ed Simpson
portraitLila Lee - Vera Hamilton
portraitErnest Butterworth Jr. - Mike
portraitClyde Fillmore - Robert Hamilton
portraitGrace Morse - Mrs. Hamilton
portraitElizabeth Janes - Ruth Hamilton
portraitClaude Payton - Pete Morano
portraitBarbara Gurney - The mother
portraitBetty Schade - Maggie
portraitJane Keckley - Matron (Mrs. Joye)
portraitEunice Murdock Moore - Cook
portraitFred Huntley - Samuel Hodge
portraitSylvia Ashton - Mrs. Hodge
portraitWilliam Collier Jr. - Dick Armstrong
portraitRuss Powell - Policeman Jones
portraitJudge Ben Lindsey - Himself
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