July 20, 2017
Brown of Harvard (1926)
Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde Street in Old Town San Diego
Confident and a bit arrogant, a less-than-studious college student's success with girls is countered by his embarrassing personal failure on the school rowing team, but with a little perseverance he eventually turns himself into a gridiron hero. Directed by Jack Conway, the film stars William Haines in his breakout role, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, and John Wayne in an uncredited stint as a Yale football player.
"While the mid-1920s were deluged with films about college life, and Brown of Harvard is probably the ultimate silent film in this genre, even more significantly it is an early example of the buddy film. Never mind the romance between Harvard undergrad Tom Brown and professor's daughter, Mary-the real love story, and the one that truly moves the film's plot, is the one between the handsome, athletic Brown and his weakling sidekick Jim Doolittle. The relationship between the two young men is established right from the beginning, when the brash and cocky Brown easily wins over his dormitory mates but refuses to let them ostracize Doolittle. Doolittle becomes Brown's biggest champion and their mutual loyalty is much more straightforward than Brown's pursuit of Mary, who can't decide whether she hates him, loves him, or prefers his stuffy rival."—Amazon Editorial Review.
"William Haines, as that romping fellow, Tom Brown, gives a marvelous performance, and so does Jack Pickford in a thoroughly uncharacteristic role."—Robert E. Sherwood, Life magazine, May 24, 1926.
When Thursday, July 20
Time 7:30pm · 85 minutes
Seating is limited; advance ticket purchase is suggested
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