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The Patent Leather Kid

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The Patent Leather Kid
Film poster
Directed byAlfred Santell
Written byRupert Hughes (story)
Winifred Dunn (scenario)
Produced byAlfred Santell
Richard A. Rowland
StarringRichard Barthelmess
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Ralph Hammeras
Alvin Knechtel
Music byCecil Copping (at opening)
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1927 (1927-09-01)
Running time
?130-154 minutes(per IMDb) / 12 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.2 million[1]

The Patent Leather Kid is a 1927 American silent drama film which tells the story of a boxer who scoffs at fighting outside the ring... particularly for the United States once it enters World War I. Eventually, he is drafted, is shipped overseas, and performs a heroic act, which results in his being severely wounded. It stars Richard Barthelmess, Molly O'Day, Lawford Davidson, Matthew Betz, and Arthur Stone.

The movie was adapted by Gerald C. Duffy (titles), Winifred Dunn, Casey Robinson (uncredited), and Adela Rogers St. Johns from the story by Rupert Hughes. It was directed by Alfred Santell.[2]

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (Richard Barthelmess).

A copy is held by The Library of Congress[3][4] and a 16mm print is in the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.[5]



  1. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938), p. 942, accessed April 19, 2014
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Patent Leather Kid". Silent Era. Retrieved April 12, 2008.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Films Survival Catalog: The Patent Leather Kid
  4. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  5. ^ Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Feature Film Database: The Patent Leather Kid

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