Seventeen


1916

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 2, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Seventeen by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1915).

Synopsis

Having turned seventeen, William Sylvanus Baxter feels that it is time to devote himself to weighty issues, but romance takes the place of philosophy when he falls in love with Lola Pratt. A confirmed coquette, Lola agrees to elope with William, but runs off with George Cooper instead. William, despondent, feels that the only thing that a man in his position can do is commit suicide, but then May Parcher, whom he has known from childhood, comes to visit. Now, instead of separating them, William combines philosophy and romance. He realizes that while Lola is gone forever, May is present and willing, and so he decides to fall in love with her.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 2, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Seventeen by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1915).

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Seventeen was re-issued in 1918. According to a news item, Louise Huff was originally scheduled to play the role of "Jane Baxter," but after she read the book and scenario and realized that she would be required to consume an abundance of apple sauce, she requested that she be given another role, saying that it was physically impossible to eat "that stuff" before the camera for six weeks and register delight. Paramount remade the film in 1940, with Jackie Cooper starring and Louis King directing.