An Old-Fashioned Young Man

An Old-Fashioned Young Man is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Lloyd Ingraham and starring Robert Harron and Colleen Moore. The role was Moore's second credited film appearance and the first lead role of her career.[1][2]

An Old-Fashioned Young Man
Scene from the film
Directed byLloyd Ingraham
Story byFrank E. Woods
StarringRobert Harron
Thomas Jefferson
Loyola O'Connor
Colleen Moore
Fine Arts Company
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • April 15, 1917 (1917-04-15)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Frank Trent (Harron), a young man, goes into politics, but the people he works with are using dirty tricks to defeat Mrs. Burke, the candidate for mayor. They insist her adopted daughter, Margaret (Moore), is her own through an illicit affair. The story angers the chivalrous Frank, who is in love with Margaret, and decides to disprove it, travelling to find proof of her legitimate birth. He is dogged by scoundrels along the way. He learns his own father is actually Mrs. Burke's husband, who abandoned her year earlier believing her to be unfaithful. Frank finds the diary of a long dead doctor, which proves that Margaret's mother is not Mrs. Burke. Frank and Margaret are united and Mrs. Burke wins the election.


Production notes

An Old-Fashioned Young Man was produced by D. W. Griffith's Fine Arts Company and distributed by Triangle Film Corporation.[3]


  1. Moore, Colleen (1968). Silent Star: Colleen Moore Talks About Her Hollywood (1 ed.). Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company. p. 40.
  2. Slide, Anthony (1980). The Kindergarten Of the Movies: A History Of the Fine Arts Company. Scarecrow Press. p. 116. ISBN 0-810-81358-0.
  3. Spears, Jack (1971). Hollywood: The Golden Era. A. S. Barnes. p. 201.
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