Darwin Was Right
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Directed byLewis Seiler
Screenplay byEddie Moran
StarringNell Brantley
George O'Hara
Stanley Blystone
Dan Mason
Lon Poff
Bud Jamison
CinematographyJay Turner
Production
company
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 26, 1924 (1924-10-26)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Darwin Was Right is a 1924 American comedy film directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Eddie Moran. The film stars Nell Brantley, George O'Hara, Stanley Blystone, Dan Mason, Lon Poff and Bud Jamison. The film was released on October 26, 1924, by Fox Film Corporation.[1][2][3][4]

Plot

As described in a review in a film magazine:

Professor Henry Baldwin, experimenting to obtain an elixir of youth, is just about to sample it with his secretary, Egbert, and his black butler, Alexander, when they are spirited away and put in an insane asylum by Lawson, who seeks to control the professor’s estate. A dog chasing a cat rushes in through the open window and overturns his little wagon, spilling three babies on the floor. Baldwin’s daughter Alice and sister Priscilla see them and believe the professor has taken an overdose. Alice phones to her sweetheart Robert, who rushes over. By this time the children in charge of the babies have recovered them, but three chimpanzees escaping from a circus have taken their places. Believing an overdose has changed the professor and his companions back to monkeys, they are installed in the family. The trio escape from the asylum and return home; three keepers come after them. Then follows a series of comedy mixups between the men, monkeys, and guards, ending in everything being finally straightened out.[5]

Cast

Preservation

With no copies of Darwin Was Right located in any film archives,[6] it is a lost film.

References

  1. ^ "Darwin Was Right (1924) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Janiss Garza. "Darwin Was Right (1924) - Lewis Seiler". AllMovie. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Darwin Was Right". Catalog.afi.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Darwin Was Right at silentera.com
  5. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (November 8, 1924). "Darwin Was Right; Fox Offers Unique and Amusing Comedy with His Three Remarkable Chimpanzees in Leading Roles". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 71 (2): 172–173. Retrieved April 7, 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Darwin Was Right