DirectorDonald Crisp ScreenplayWalter Woods CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 6, 1919 (1919-07-06) WriterMartin Brown (play), Robert Housum (play), Walter Woods Story byRobert Housum, Martin Brown CastAnna Q Nilsson (Viva Bacchus), Noah Beery - Sr (Blood), Jane Wolfe (Mrs Mandelharper), Helen Jerome Eddy (Osprey Bacchus), Julia Faye (Kitty Douglas) Similar moviesHow Green Was My Valley (1941), The Navigator (1924), The Women (2008), Smilin Through (1932), That Girl from Paris (1936)
A Very Good Young Man is a lost 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Donald Crisp and written by Martin Brown, Robert Housum, and Walter Woods. The film stars Bryant Washburn, Helene Chadwick, Julia Faye, Sylvia Ashton, Jane Wolfe, Helen Jerome Eddy, and Wade Boteler. The film was released on July 6, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.
As described in a film magazine, LeRoy Sylvester (Washburn), a very good young man, is engaged to Ruth Douglas (Chadwick), whose well meaning sister Kitty (Faye) points out to her the fact that no young man so exemplary in his habits before marriage can be humanly expected to continue his model behavior after it. Ruth informs Leroy of his unsuspected shortcoming and he sets out to prove he is a villain of the deepest dye. Osprey Bacchus (Eddy), the dowdy daughter of a lady undertaker, is pressed into service as his companion on his first wild evening. He seeks to bring himself into proper disrepute by flirting with a fascinating lady met at the roof garden, posing as the thief who stole some valuable jewels that have disappeared, resisting an officer, and other escapades, but all in vain. Circumstance saves him despite his best efforts, and Ruth finally consents to marry him despite his lily white reputation.