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    "The first full-length gangster picture ever made," according to its director, Raoul Walsh, who would later make The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra, The Bowery and White Heat, Regeneration is a powerful slum melodrama produced in 1915 on location on the Lower East Side of New York City, with a gaggle of authentic lowlife types performing alongside professional actors. It's in the tradition of The Musketeers of Pig Alley, directed by D.W. Griffith from whom Walsh learned his craft as an assistant on The Birth of a Nation. But in camera and editing technique as well as in performance, the former apprentice equals and often surpasses the master. Regeneration was added to the Library of Congress National Registry of essential American films in 2000.

    The gangsters in Regeneration aren't Mofiosi; they are two-bit street corner hoodlums trapped by their circumstances. Regeneration approaches them sympathetically yet unblinkingly, bringing to mind Jack Warner's comment that Raoul Walsh's idea of a tender scene is when he burns down the whorehouse. The tough-as-nails orphan bred on unforgiving slum streets to become a hoodlum hero eventually finds the straight path from Mamie Rose, a settlement house worker, but the melodrama doesn't compromise the characters or the visual authenticity of this amazing first feature.

    Young Romance, also released in 1915, is a recent rediscovery and a poignant reminder of the film treasures which have been lost, since only about 15% of films from this period survive today. "This production forever silences the claim that refined comedy cannot be conveyed via the screen. A more refined comedy has never been shown since the days of Molière," wrote the early trade magazine Moving Picture World. "It is the sparkling, exuberant, bubbling humor of our own country condensed and trebly distilled and an everlasting provocation to hearty laughter." This disguise plot, worthy of on Elizabethan drama, was written by William de Mille (brother of Cecil, father of Agnes), and directed by George Melford (The Sheik, the Spanish Dracula).

    Regeneration
    Year: 1915
    Length: 72 minutes
    Director: R.A. Walsh
    Starring: Rockcliffe Fellowes, Anne Q. Nilsson, William Sheer, Carl Harbaugh, John McCann, H. McCoy
    Music: Philip Carli
    Format: NTSC

    Young Romance
    Year: 1915
    Length: 58 minutes
    Director: George Melford
    Starring: Edith Taliaferro, Tom Forman, Raymond Hatton, Florence Dagmar, Al Garcia
    Music: Robert Israel
    Format: NTSC

    Produced for DVD by David Shepard
    From the Blackhawk Films® Collection
    Presented by Flicker Alley

    • Release Date: 1915
    • Runtime: 130:00
    • Genre: Drama; Crime
    • Language: English
    • Format: DVD-NTSC
    • Screen: 0.16875
    • Aspect: 1.33:1
    • Rating: NR
    • Audio: Stereo
    • Color/BW: BW
    • Special Features: None
    • Copyright: Special Contents of This Edition ©2001 by Film Preservation Associates, Inc. / Blu-ray Publication and Design ©2016 Flicker Alley, LLC
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Disc Format: DVD-5

    Starring:
    Rockcliffe Fellowes
    Anne Q. Nilsson
    William Sheer
    Carl Harbaugh
    John McCann
    H. McCoy (Regeneration) / Edith Taliaferro
    Tom Forman
    Raymond Hatton
    Florence Dagmar
    Al Garcia (Young Romance)

    Written by:
    R.A. Walsh (Raoul Walsh) and Carl Harbaugh
    from the book My Mamie Rose: The Story of My Regeneration by Owen Kildare and the play adaptation of the book The Regeneration by Owen Kildare and Walter Hackett / Scenario by William C. de Mille
    from the play

    Directed by:
    Raoul Walsh (Regeneration) / George Melford (Young Romance)

    Produced by:
    Fox Film Corporation (Regeneration) / George Melford (Young Romance)