Wild Youth (film)

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Wild Youth
Wild Youth (1918) - 1.jpg
Directed by George Melford
Produced by J. Stuart Blackton
Screenplay by Beulah Marie Dix
Gilbert Parker
Based on Wild Youth
by Gilbert Parker
Starring Louise Huff
Theodore Roberts
Jack Mulhall
James Cruze
Adele Farrington
Cinematography Paul P. Perry
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • March 18, 1918 (1918-03-18)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Wild Youth is a lost[1] 1918 American silent drama film directed by George Melford and written by Beulah Marie Dix. The film stars Louise Huff, Theodore Roberts, Jack Mulhall, James Cruze, and Adele Farrington. It is based on a novel by Gilbert Parker. The film was released on March 18, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3] It is not known whether the film currently survives,[4] which suggests that it is a lost film.


Forced to marry the elderly and narrow-minded Joel Mazarine, Louise lives unhappy and mistreated until she meets the young Orlando. Her husband, jealous, sees love blossom between the two young when Orlando remains at his ranch to recover from a wound of the bullet. Louise remained in the woods because of a fall from her horse, she can not return home because Mazarine Orlando is on charges of kidnapping her. Orlando, who finds her, takes her back to the ranch but Mazarine was furious and beats his wife mercilessly. The woman is saved by the intervention of faithful Li Choo, his Chinese servant, who kills Mazarine.

Of the crime, he accused Orlando. The confession of Li Choo exonerates him. Louise and Orlando are now free to marry.



Like many American films of the time, Wild Youth was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 2, two shootings by outlaws.[5]


  1. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Wild Youth
  2. ^ "Wild-Youth - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Wild Youth (1918) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Wild Youth at silentera.com
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (16): 31. April 13, 1918.

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