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  • Regeneration ( 1915 ) Early Gangster Film & Filmed In The Lower East Side

    Directed by Raoul Walsh ( White Heat, High Sierra, etc..)...it might be the first full length gangster film.


    Set in New York City, Regeneration was shot on location in New York City's Lower East Side and used real prostitutes, gangsters and homeless people as extras


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j_j...CinemaClassics



    The film is a "candid adaptation" of the autobiography of Owen Frawley Kildare, called the Kipling of the Bowery. The story follows the life of Owen (Rockliffe Fellowes), a young Irish American boy who is forced into a life of poverty after his mother dies. As a result, Owen is forced to live on the street eventually turning to a life of crime. Owen is eventually reformed, however, by the benevolent social worker Marie Deering (Anna Q. Nilsson). Also featured is a fire aboard an excursion ferry, much like the General Slocum disaster of 1904.
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    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
    Directed by Raoul Walsh ( White Heat, High Sierra, etc..)...it might be the first full length gangster film.


    Set in New York City, Regeneration was shot on location in New York City's Lower East Side and used real prostitutes, gangsters and homeless people as extras


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j_j...CinemaClassics



    The film is a "candid adaptation" of the autobiography of Owen Frawley Kildare, called the Kipling of the Bowery. The story follows the life of Owen (Rockliffe Fellowes), a young Irish American boy who is forced into a life of poverty after his mother dies. As a result, Owen is forced to live on the street eventually turning to a life of crime. Owen is eventually reformed, however, by the benevolent social worker Marie Deering (Anna Q. Nilsson). Also featured is a fire aboard an excursion ferry, much like the General Slocum disaster of 1904.
    Amazing, How!

    Just imagine something like that based in Spitalfields at the time, with Billy Maher as an extra.

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      It would have been something to see, Gary. Shame one wasn't made.

      I wonder if any of the street prostitutes who testified for the prosecution in the Ali trial were used in the 1915 film. It was only 24 years after the case. Life expectancies & their less than salubrious lifestyle being what it was, most were probably in some sort of home for women....or dead.
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        Musketeers of Pig Alley ( 1912 ) preceded Regeneration by 3 years....although it was a short ( 17 minutes and 25 seconds ) directed by D.W.Griffith.

        It was written by Anita Loos ( Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and Griffith.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mu...s_of_Pig_Alley



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