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INTRODUCTION:
The Street of Forgotten Men is an underworld romance set among professional beggars in the Bowery of New York. [ The film is based on a short story by George Kibbe Turner which appeared in Liberty magazine on February 14, 1925.] This is the first film in which Louise Brooks appeared. It was long thought lost, but six of its seven reels were found at the Library of Congress. Among the surviving footage is a scene which includes Brooks.

The Street of Forgotten Men was quite well regarded upon release, and Percy Marmount was singled out for his dramatic performance. Director Herbert Brenon was also praised for his realistic depiction of Bowery life. Brenon, who the year before had directed Peter Pan (1924), would go on to direct such films as Beau Geste (1926), The Great Gatsby (1926), and Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928).

CAST:
Percy Marmont .... Easy Money Charlie (imdb)
Mary Brian .... Fancy Vanhern (imdb)
Neil Hamilton .... Philip Peyton
John Harrington .... Bridgeport White-Eye
Juliet Brenon .... Portland Fancy
Josephine Deffry .... Dutch Molly
Riley Hatch .... Diamond Mike
Agostino Borgato .... Adolphe
Albert Roccardi .... Adolphe's Assistant
Dorothy Walters .... Widow McKee
Louise Brooks .... A Moll (uncredited)

CREDITS:
Studio: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Director: Herbert Brenon (imdb)
Producer: Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
Writing Credits: Paul Schofield (screenplay), John Russell (adaptation)
Format: Silent - black & white
Cinematography: Hal Rosson
Art Direction: Frederick A. Foord
Running Time: 7 reels
Release Date: August 24, 1925
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   O mendigo elegante (Brazil); La calle del olvido (Chile); Ulice zapomenutých mužu (Czechoslovakia); Le roi des mendiants (France); La rue des hommes perdus (France); Die Strake des Grauens (Germany); La calle del olvido (Mexico); La calle del olvido (Spain)

STORY SYNOPSIS:
Easy Money Charlie is a whole man who disguises himself as a cripple and makes his living as a professional beggar. When Portland Fancy dies, Charlie takes her child and sends the little girl to the country, providing her with a proper education and upbringing. Years later, the girl, known as Fancy Vanhern, meets and captures the heart of Philip Peyton, a young lawyer whose name is prominent in the social register. In order to secure Fancy’s future happiness, Charlie feigns death in an ocean accident; Fancy then prepares to marry Philip. Bridgeport White-Eye, a beggar who affects blindness, discovers Charlie’s secret and tries to blackmail Philip. White-Eye and Charlie fight, and White-Eye is indeed blinded. Philip marries Fancy, and Charlie takes over the care of White-Eye.

 

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