The Ne'er-Do-Well

The Ne'er-Do-Well is a 1923 American comedy silent film directed by Alfred E. Green. The film stars Thomas Meighan, Lila Lee, Gertrude Astor, John Miltern, Gus Weinberg, and Sidney Smith. The screenplay by Rex Beach and Louis Stevens is based on Rex Beach's 1911 novel of the same name. The film was released on 29 April 1923, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] This film is now considered lost.[3] A previous version of the story was released in 1916.

The Ne'er-Do-Well
Theatrical poster
Directed byAlfred E. Green
Produced byWilliam Nicholas Selig
Adolph Zukor
Screenplay byRex Beach
Louis Stevens
Based onThe Ne'er-Do-Well
by Rex Beach
StarringThomas Meighan
Lila Lee
Gertrude Astor
John Miltern
Gus Weinberg
Sidney Smith
CinematographyErnest Haller
William Miller
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 29, 1923 (1923-04-29)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Disgusted with his spendthrift son, Kirk Anthony's father has Kirk shanghaied and taken to Panama, where he attracts the attention of Mrs. Edith Cortlandt and falls in love with Chiquita, the daughter of a Panamanian general. He is able to get a railroad job through Edith's husband Stephen Cortlandt and decides to make something of himself when he meets Allen Allan, a Negro soldier of fortune. When the sudden death of Stephen Cortlandt ensues, Kirk is blamed until Edith produces a suicide note and clears his name. He succeeds in his railroad position and returns to the United States with Chiquita and is finally able to earn his father's respect.


See also


  1. "The Ne'er-Do-Well". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. "The-Ne-er-Do-Well - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. "Ne'er-Do-Well". 1923-01-01. Retrieved 2016-05-27.

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