A Very Good Young Man

A Very Good Young Man is a lost[1] 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Donald Crisp, written by Martin Brown, Robert Housum, and Walter Woods, and starring Bryant Washburn, Helene Chadwick, Julia Faye, Sylvia Ashton, Jane Wolfe, Helen Jerome Eddy, and Wade Boteler. It was released on July 6, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3]

A Very Good Young Man
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Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byMartin Brown
Robert Housum
Walter Woods
StarringBryant Washburn
Helene Chadwick
Julia Faye
Sylvia Ashton
Jane Wolfe
Helen Jerome Eddy
Wade Boteler
CinematographyCharles Edgar Schoenbaum
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 6, 1919 (1919-07-06)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] LeRoy Sylvester (Washburn), a very good young man, is engaged to Ruth Douglas (Chadwick), whose well meaning sister Kitty (Faye) points out to her the fact that no young man so exemplary in his habits before marriage can be humanly expected to continue his model behavior after it. Ruth informs Leroy of his unsuspected shortcoming and he sets out to prove he is a villain of the deepest dye. Osprey Bacchus (Eddy), the dowdy daughter of a lady undertaker, is pressed into service as his companion on his first wild evening. He seeks to bring himself into proper disrepute by flirting with a fascinating lady met at the roof garden, posing as the thief who stole some valuable jewels that have disappeared, resisting an officer, and other escapades, but all in vain. Circumstance saves him despite his best efforts, and Ruth finally consents to marry him despite his lily white reputation.



  1. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature film Survival Catalog:..A Very Good Young Man
  2. "A Very Good Young Man (1919) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. "A Very Good Young Man". AFI. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  4. "Reviews: A Very Good Young Man". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (5): 104. July 26, 1919.

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