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The Roughneck
The Roughneck (1924) - 4.jpg
Directed byJack Conway
Screenplay byCharles Kenyon
Based onThe Roughneck
by Robert W. Service
StarringGeorge O'Brien
Billie Dove
Harry T. Morey
Cleo Madison
Charles Sellon
Anne Cornwall
CinematographyGeorge Schneiderman
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 30, 1924 (1924-11-30)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Roughneck is a 1924 American silent romantic adventure film directed by Jack Conway and written by Charles Kenyon. It is based on the 1923 novel The Roughneck by Robert W. Service. The film stars George O'Brien, Billie Dove, Harry T. Morey, Cleo Madison, Charles Sellon, and Anne Cornwall. The film was released on November 30, 1924, by Fox Film Corporation.[1][2][3][4]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[5] Mad McCara (Morey), a sea captain, on the promise of marriage lures the widow Delaney (Madison) aboard his ship. A collision in the harbor gives him the chance to tell her that her son Jerry was drowned, though he sent him ashore. Years pass. McCara has tired of Mrs. Delaney, who has found shelter with the natives on the tropical isle of Taohing. Jerry (O'Brien), grown to manhood, conquers his adversary in a prize fight and, believing him dead, escapes by hiding on a ship bound for Taohing. He is discovered and Felicity (Dove), who is going to the tropics to paint pictures, becomes interested in him. To escape from being sent back home, he starts to swim ashore. Zelle (Cornwall), a young native woman, rescues him from a shark. McCara, now prosperous and using an assumed name, seeks to win Felicity, but she declares her love for Jerry. To save her from his disgrace, he pretends he does not love her. Felicity seeks shelter in McCara's home from the rain. To convince Jerry of Felicity's peril, his mother discloses her identity. Jerry arrives in time to save Felicity and avenge his mother. Returning home with his mother and Felicity to take his medicine, he learns that the man he thought he killed in the prize fight is still alive.



With no copies of The Roughneck located in any film archives,[6] it is a lost film.

See also


  1. ^ "The Roughneck (1924) - Overview". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Janiss Garza. "The Roughneck (1924) - Jack Conway". AllMovie. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Roughneck". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Roughneck at
  5. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (December 13, 1924). "The Roughneck; Fox Melodrama Starring George O'Brien Packs a Big Wallop and Looks Like Box-Office Winner". 71 (7). New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co.: 643. Retrieved June 25, 2021. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Roughneck

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