Young Fugitives (June 30, 1938)
Released on June 30, 1938: (running time 68 minutes) The Last Civil War Veteran collects a fortune, and suddenly everyone wants to be his friend.
Directed by John Rawlins
Written by Ben Grauman Kohn and Charles Grayson.
The Actors: Harry Davenport (Joel Bentham, Civil War Veteran), Robert Wilcox (Ray Riggins, Chicago gangster), Dorothea Kent (Meg, runaway girl), Larry J. Blake (Silent Sam, Chicago gangster), Clem Bevans (Benjie Collins, Joel's buddy), Mira McKinney (Letty, landlady), Henry Roquemore (Town banker and Mayor Henry Scudder), Tom Ricketts (Tom Riggins, Civil War Veteran), Mary Treen (Kathy), William 'Billy' Benedict (Jud), Eddie Acuff (loafer), Victor Adams (Nick, gangster), Thomas Carr (telegraph clerk), Eddy Chandler (Alfred, gangster), George Douglas (Dressy), Douglas Evans (announcer), George Guhl (Fred), Edward Hearn (Legion Commander), Robert McKenzie (Zeke), George Ovey (gas station attendant), Ferris Taylor (Seth)
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The Last Civil War Vetaran and the Cigar Box Full of Cash
“A man, ninety years old, was asked to what he attributed his longevity. ‘I recon,’ he said with a twinkle in his eye, ‘it’s because most nights I went to be and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”
This is the saying that actress Dorothea Kent quoted often, probably to explain her laid back, non-aggressive personality she displayed during her motion picture career. This is almost all that I can find about the life of the sultry blonde actress.
We do not know if she ever married or had any kind of professional life after leaving movies. She was born Dorothea J. Kent in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1916, acted as Dorothea Kent from 1934-1948, and died from breast cancer in North Hollywood as Dorothea J. Kent in 1990, with no known relatives. Do any of the classic movie fans reading this know anything more about this mysterious actor? It is very rare to have a notable actor who lives such a private life off-screen.
In this romantic adventure she is a hobo runaway who lands in the car of actor Harry Davenport on the day before Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, as it was known in 1938. Decoration Day is when we remember our military by having parades and decorating the fallen soldiers’ graves with flags and flowers. Actor Harry Davenport is the oldest living veteran from the Civil War and the G.A.R. organization gives him fifty thousand dollars.
Dorothea, as a rebellious young lady named Meg, finds a home with the civil war veteran and his buddy, and will fall in love with a young gangster who wants to run away with Meg, taking the huge pile of cash with them. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Clem Bevans, Harry Davenport
Dorothea Kent, Harry Davenport
Dorothea Kent, Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport, Mira McKinney
Henry Roquemore, Harry Davenport
Larry J. Blake, Victor Adams, Eddy Chandler
Mary Treen, Mira McKinney
Mary Treen, William 'Billy' Benedict
Robert Wilcox, Clem Bevans
Robert Wilcox, Dorothea Kent
Robert Wilcox, Larry J. Blake