The Heart of Youth

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The Heart of Youth
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Directed by Robert G. Vignola
Screenplay by Beulah Marie Dix
Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Starring Lila Lee
Tom Forman
Buster Irving
Charles Ogle
Fanny Midgley
Guy Oliver
Lydia Knott
Cinematography Henry Kotani
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 24, 1919 (1919-08-24)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Heart of Youth is a lost [1] 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Robert G. Vignola and written by Beulah Marie Dix. The film stars Lila Lee, Tom Forman, Buster Irving, Charles Ogle, Fanny Midgley, Guy Oliver, and Lydia Knott. The film was released on August 24, 1919, by Paramount Pictures. [2] [3]



As described in a film magazine, [4] Calvin Prendergast (Oliver) and Os Whipple (Ogle), small town neighbors, quarrel over a strip of land on which there is a spring to which both claim ownership. Josephine Darchat (Lee), granddaughter of Calvin, and Russ Prendergast, son of Os, are much attracted to each other although the old men object. Calvin and Os leave town to seek legal advice regarding the spring. During their absence the youngster's romance progresses, rousing the jealousy of a young woman guest of the Prendergasts. She causes a misunderstanding between Jo and Russ by changing a love note of Russ' until it is almost an insult. Calvin and Os arrive back in town, and each man's anger is aroused by reports of activities of the other's family. Calvin decides to take the spring by force and summons a gang of rowdies to his aid. Os likewise calls out a gang. During the skirmish that takes place, one of the Prendergast children fall into the creek. Jo rescues him, and Russ assists Jo from drowning. The discord between the families is smoothed out.


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  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Heart of Youth
  2. "The Heart of Youth". AFI. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. "The Heart of Youth (1919) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. "Reviews: Heart of Youth". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (12): 63. September 13, 1919.