Less Than Kin

Less Than Kin is a lost[1] 1918 American silent comedy film directed by Donald Crisp and written by Marion Fairfax and Alice Duer Miller. The film stars Wallace Reid, Ann Little, Raymond Hatton, Noah Beery, Sr., James Neill and Charles Ogle.[2][3] The film was released on July 21, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

Less Than Kin
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Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byMarion Fairfax
Alice Duer Miller
StarringWallace Reid
Ann Little
Raymond Hatton
Noah Beery, Sr.
James Neill
Charles Ogle
CinematographyHenry Kotani
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 21, 1918 (1918-07-21)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Lewis Vickers (Reid), a young American languishing in South America because he is "wanted" for a crime which was the result of an accident, comes across another American Hobart Lee (Reid) who greatly resembles him. That man dies and Vickers, to get back to the United States, decides to impersonate him. He is taken to the family group upon his arrival in New York City and soon finds himself possessed of the encumbrances and debts left by the former youth, which include a wife and three children. He is left a fortune, but discloses his identity and flees to Canada. En route he marries the ward of his benefactor, who had helped him escape and had hid in his automobile. Eventually he is cleared of all guilt and has a happy ending.


See also


  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Less Than Kin
  2. "Less Than Kin (1918) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. "Less Than Kin". AFI. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. "Reviews: Less Than Kin". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (6): 34. August 3, 1918.

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