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The 10 Sep 1921 Motion Picture News reported that Universal Pictures had purchased The Substitute Millionaire from the estate of producer-director-screenwriter George Loane Tucker, who had died at age forty-one on 20 Jun 1921. The story would be Herbert Rawlinson’s first starring vehicle for Universal.
       The film required twenty-six specially built sets, according to the 24 Sep 1921 Motion Picture News. ... More Less

The 10 Sep 1921 Motion Picture News reported that Universal Pictures had purchased The Substitute Millionaire from the estate of producer-director-screenwriter George Loane Tucker, who had died at age forty-one on 20 Jun 1921. The story would be Herbert Rawlinson’s first starring vehicle for Universal.
       The film required twenty-six specially built sets, according to the 24 Sep 1921 Motion Picture News. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Motion Picture News
10 Sep 1921
p. 1376.
Motion Picture News
24 Sep 1921
p. 1645.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Substitute Millionaire
Release Date:
14 November 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Manufacturing Co.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17167
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,730
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the morning that Simon Fisher discharges him, Jack Norman, who has fallen in love with Kate Blair, the bookkeeper, is notified that he has fallen heir to $80 million, the estate of murdered financier Silas Gyde, who once loved Norman's mother. Kate decides that she will not marry Jack until she can see what effect sudden wealth will have upon him. After many adventures, Jack discovers that the gang that murdered Silas is after him, and he persuades an actor friend to pose as the heir, while he acts as secretary. His friend Bobo is vamped by Marion, a female gang member, who marries, then tries to rob, Bobo; but Jack arrives with the police and captures the entire ... +


On the morning that Simon Fisher discharges him, Jack Norman, who has fallen in love with Kate Blair, the bookkeeper, is notified that he has fallen heir to $80 million, the estate of murdered financier Silas Gyde, who once loved Norman's mother. Kate decides that she will not marry Jack until she can see what effect sudden wealth will have upon him. After many adventures, Jack discovers that the gang that murdered Silas is after him, and he persuades an actor friend to pose as the heir, while he acts as secretary. His friend Bobo is vamped by Marion, a female gang member, who marries, then tries to rob, Bobo; but Jack arrives with the police and captures the entire gang. +

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