The Patent Leather Kid

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The Patent Leather Kid
Film poster
Directed byAlfred Santell
Written byRupert Hughes (story)
Winifred Dunn (scenario)
Produced byAlfred Santell
Richard A. Rowland
StarringRichard Barthelmess
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Ralph Hammeras
Alvin Knechtel
Music byCecil Copping (at opening)
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release dates
  • August 15, 1927 (1927-08-15) (premiere[1])
  • September 1, 1927 (1927-09-01) (US)
Running time
?130-154 minutes(per IMDb) / 12 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.2 million[3]

The Patent Leather Kid is a 1927 American silent drama film about a self-centered boxer who performs a heroic act in World War I that severely wounds him. It was directed by Alfred Santell and stars Richard Barthelmess, Molly O'Day, Lawford Davidson, Matthew Betz and Arthur Stone.

The film was adapted by Gerald C. Duffy (titles), Winifred Dunn, Casey Robinson (uncredited) and Adela Rogers St. Johns from the story by Rupert Hughes.[4]

Barthelmess was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

A copy of the film is held by the Library of Congress[5][6] and a 16mm print exists at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.[7]



  1. ^ The Brooklyn Daily Eagle 15 Aug 1927, p 8A.
  2. ^ "Inside Stuff". Variety. October 5, 1927. p. 12.
  3. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938), p. 942, accessed April 19, 2014
  4. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Patent Leather Kid". Silent Era. Retrieved April 12, 2008.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Films Survival Catalog: The Patent Leather Kid
  6. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  7. ^ Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Feature Film Database: The Patent Leather Kid

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