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Laddie (1926 film)

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Directed byJames Leo Meehan
Charles Kerr
Written byJeanette Porter Meehan
Gene Stratton Porter
Based onLaddie, A True Blue Story
by Gene Stratton-Porter
Produced byJoseph P. Kennedy
StarringJohn Bowers (actor)
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byGeorge Hively
Distributed byFilm Booking Offices of America
Release date
  • September 26, 1926 (1926-09-26)[1]
CountryUnited States

Laddie is a 1926 American drama film directed by James Leo Meehan with John Bowers in the title role. It was based on Gene Stratton-Porter's novel, Laddie, A True Blue Story (1913).


Laddie, son of the Stantons, an Ohio pioneer family, falls in love with Pamela Pryor, daughter of a neighboring aristocratic English family, though the Pryors adopt a condescending attitude toward the Stanton family. Through the efforts of Little Sister, who knows of Laddie's love, the two secretly communicate, and Mr. Pryor takes a liking to Laddie when he tames a wild horse for him. Meanwhile, Shelley, a Stanton girl, falls in love with city lawyer Robert Paget; when he leaves her under mysterious circumstances, she returns home heartbroken. The Pryors, disgraced because of a false accusation against their son in England, are at length forced to accept Laddie. It develops that Paget is actually the banished son of the Pryors; after a strained crisis Pryor forgives his son, and Laddie and Pamela, Robert and Shelley, and the Stantons and the Pryors are happily united.[2]



The title character of Laddie is modeled after Stratton-Porter's deceased older brother, Leander, to whom she gave the nickname of Laddie. Stratton-Porter's brother drowned in the Wabash River on July 6, 1872, when he was a teenager. As in Stratton-Porter's own family, Laddie is connected with the land and identifies with Stratton-Porter's father's vocation of farming. The novel on which the film is based was published in 1913.[3][4]

Technical specifications

  • Sound Mix - Silent
  • Color - Black and White
  • Aspect Ratio - 1.33 : 1
  • Film Length - 1,944.65 m (7 reels)(UK), 2,112.55 m (7 reels)(USA)
  • Negative Format - 35 mm
  • Cinematographic Process - Spherical
  • Printed Film Format - 35 mm


  1. ^ "Laddie: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Laddie (1926) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. ^ Judith Reick Long (1990). Gene Stratton-Porter: Novelist and Naturalist. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. pp. 45. ISBN 0871950529.
  4. ^ Pamela J. Bennett, ed. (September 1996). "Gene Stratton-Porter" (PDF). The Indiana Historian. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau: 3–4. Retrieved February 13, 2019.

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