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|The Soul of Youth|
|Directed by||William Desmond Taylor|
|Written by||Julia Crawford Ivers (story, scenario)|
|Produced by||Realart Pictures|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Distributed by||Realart Pictures Corporation (*Zukor's short lived affiliate of Famous Players-Lasky)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Soul of Youth is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by William Desmond Taylor, produced and distributed by Realart Pictures. Produced under the working title The Boy, it stars Lewis Sargent and Lila Lee.
As described in a film magazine, Ed Simpson (Sargent), victim of prenatal influence and an unloved childhood, is introduced into the orphanage where his liveliness has made him the butt of taunting orphans and menacing officials. Love first comes into his life when he acquires a dog, and when it is ousted he follows, taking to the streets with his pal Mike (Butterworth). Through cunning the two boys obtain incriminating evidence that keeps a rascally politician from office. This paves the way for the clear supremacy of his rival, who gives Ed a home and adopts him. The getting of papers by the boys helps adjust a troubled love affair between Vera Hamilton (Lee) and Dick Armstrong (Collier), two friends of the youth, and makes possible their marriage. When Ed after leaving the home steals to satisfy his hunger, he helps himself to canned goods on the shelves of the Hamiltons, who eventually become his foster parents.
- Lewis Sargent as Ed Simpson
- Ernest Butterworth as Mike
- Clyde Fillmore as Mr. Hamilton
- Grace Morse as Mrs. Hamilton
- Lila Lee as Vera Hamilton
- Elizabeth Janes as Ruth Hamilton
- William Collier, Jr. as Dick Armstrong
- Claude Payton as Pete Moran
- Betty Schade as Maggie
- Fred Huntley as Mr. Hodge
- Sylvia Ashton as Mrs. Hodge
- Russ Powell as Patrolman Jones
- Judge Ben Lindsey as Himself
- Mrs. Ben Lindsey as Herself
- Jane Keckley as Matron
- Eunice Moore as Cook
- Barbara Gurney as Baby's Mother
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Soul of Youth at silentera.com
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Soul of Youth
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 171 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Soul of Youth
- "Reviews: The Soul of Youth". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (18): 88. October 30, 1920.
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