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Booth Tarkington's novel was a current best-seller when this film adaptation was made. Jack Pickford -- younger brother of silent superstar Mary Pickford -- seemed to do well playing homespun characters (later on he appeared in Tom Sawyer and Bill Apperson's Boy), and he was a natural choice as the callow lead, 17-year-old William Sylvanus Baxter. Lola Pratt, William's "older woman" was another star from the Famous Players stable, Louise Huff, who was, in fact, a year older than Pickford, just like her...more