The Street of Forgotten Men

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The Street of Forgotten Men
The Street of Forgotten Men postcard.jpg
Percy Marmont and Mary Brian
on promotional card, c. 1925
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Written by Paul Schofield (screenplay)
John Russell (adaptation)
Story byGeorge Kibbe Turner
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Starring Percy Marmont
Mary Brian
Neil Hamilton
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 24, 1925 (1925-08-24)
Running time
7 reels
(6,366 feet; approximately 82 minutes) [1]
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Street of Forgotten Men is a 1925 American silent crime melodrama film directed by Herbert Brenon and released by Paramount Pictures. The film features the debut of actress Louise Brooks in an uncredited role.



As described in a film magazine reviews, [2] Portland Fancy, a bowery woman, dies, leaving her daughter of four in the care of Easy Money Charlie, a beggar who fakes a stump arm on the streets of New York City. True to his promise, Charlie rears the girl away from the bowery in beautiful environment, never confessing his faking method of earning a living. A beautiful young woman, she grows up to become engaged to a young attorney who is in a smart social set. Charlie tells Peyton, her fiancé, what a grafter he is and then departs for Australia. The young woman is married to Peyton on a night shortly after the secret return of Charlie, who is now thought dead. Charlie returns to his only way of livelihood after he has thrashed White Eye for trying to blackmail Peyton.




Production began on April 6 and finished around June 6th. The film was shot at Paramount’s Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens. Location shooting was done elsewhere on Long Island as well as on the streets of Manhattan, including on Fifth Avenue and at the landmark Little Church Around the Corner. [4]


The Library of Congress has an incomplete print of the film, consisting of six of the seven reels. The reel which does not survive is the second reel of the film, which includes the deaths of two characters, Portland Fancy, and the dog taken care of by Easy Money Charlie. In March 2022, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival announced a major restoration of the film. [5]

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  1. 1 2 "The Street of Forgotten Men (1925)", catalog, American Film Institute (AFI), Los Angeles, California, Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. "New Pictures: The Street of Forgotten Men", Exhibitors Herald, Chicago, Illinois: Exhibitors Herald Company, 22 (9): 55, August 22, 1925, retrieved August 1, 2022PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain .
  3. "Actors in uncredited bit parts in The Street of Forgotten Men, part 3 Whitney Bolton " Louise Brooks Society blog, April 18, 2022
  4. The Street of Forgotten Men (filmography page) at Louise Brooks Society
  5. "Restored Silent Film ‘The Street of Forgotten Men’ Debuts Louise Brooks", Pop Matters, March 31, 2022