A Misfit Earl

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The cowboys come to claim their castle.

Louis Bennison, a favorite star of the Betzwood Studio, plays a cowboy born in to an aristocratic British family that long ago disowned his father and mother. Cowboy Jim and his adopted son Sam live the bachelor life out on the plains until they receive word that they have inherited a fortune, a castle, and a title in England. Traveling there with some reluctance to accept the inheritance, Jim and Sam are soon caught up in a scheme by another relative to put the new heirs out of the picture so that he can inherit everything himself. We are treated to many comic moments in which the director and writer contrast the American and British social class divisions, and other cultural differences. With the help of a lovely lady of the estate, Jim is able to thwart a plot to poison him. Unfortunately, this is where the film abruptly ends, as the original print is not complete, the ending having been lost or damaged. The castle that appears in the film was actually the  Mattison mansion, in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Betzwood Film Company, 1919. Directed by Ira M. Lowry. Starring Louis Bennison.

Library copy: This film ends abruptly before its conclusion. Our video copy is based on the only known surviving print of the original 35mm feature film in the Museum of Modern Art Film Archives.

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3 thoughts on “A Misfit Earl

  1. Hayley – Thanks for finding this – I will share it with Diana at St. Mary’s – I hope we can get a copy of it! Filmed in 1919 – maybe you could film the ending… It sounds like the film was not finished or it was damaged. Can’t wait to see it!

    • jeckhard

      Hello Connie,
      Thanks for your interest in the Betzwood Archive. The contact information for our archivist, Lawrence Greene, can be found on this page:
https://mc3betzwood.wordpress.com/about/ He can help you make arrangements to view the video we have of this film.
      The film was finished originally and released, but the only surviving print at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC is incomplete, and missing the last two reels. We know how it ends, in general, but the footage has been lost. There are some wonderful shots of the “castle” that is now St. Mary’s Villa. The interior shots were, however, made in the studio and not at the castle. If you have any further questions about the film, please let me know.
      Regards,
      Joe Eckhardt

  2. I’m trying to reach Lawrence Greene – the archivist that has worked on this film. I work at St. Mary’s and would love to see a copy if possible.
    We also found a 16mm reel of film in one of our storage closets in the castle. We have not been able to locate anyone that can show this rare type of film. Can you help?? Thank you! – Connie Brick

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