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While MPW says that this film is a re-issue of one of Wallace Reid's earlier successes, there was no other reference found to substantiate this claim. The film's title was a reference to 1910s era slang for someone who was an awkward, somewhat naive ... More Less

While MPW says that this film is a re-issue of one of Wallace Reid's earlier successes, there was no other reference found to substantiate this claim. The film's title was a reference to 1910s era slang for someone who was an awkward, somewhat naive bungler. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
25 Jan 19
p. 635.
MPN
25 Jan 19
p. 607.
MPW
25 Jan 19
pp. 525-26.
MPW
25 Jan 19
p. 542.
Variety
17 Jan 19
p. 52.
Wid's
19 Jan 19
p. 29.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 January 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 December 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13127
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,401
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When the brokerage firm of Blatch, Markham & Driggs dissolves, Markham steals company records and the option of a valuable mine. Meanwhile, Blatch, who wants the option to expire so he can then purchase it at a low price, hires attorney Burley Hadden to convince Driggs that he is trying to recover it. Hadden sees John Craig, a bungling construction contractor who needs $800 for his payroll, running nervously from the pop of a paper bag, and offers the supposed "dub" $1,000 to retrieve the papers, thinking he will fail. After Markham tries to dupe John, he meets Enid Drayton, Markham's ward, who is being held a virtual prisoner in Markham's mansion. With the help of a friendly burglar, they retrieve the option and other papers which prove that Markham and Blatch had been cheating Driggs for years. After Driggs rewards John and informs Enid that she owns a million dollar estate, she and John ... +


When the brokerage firm of Blatch, Markham & Driggs dissolves, Markham steals company records and the option of a valuable mine. Meanwhile, Blatch, who wants the option to expire so he can then purchase it at a low price, hires attorney Burley Hadden to convince Driggs that he is trying to recover it. Hadden sees John Craig, a bungling construction contractor who needs $800 for his payroll, running nervously from the pop of a paper bag, and offers the supposed "dub" $1,000 to retrieve the papers, thinking he will fail. After Markham tries to dupe John, he meets Enid Drayton, Markham's ward, who is being held a virtual prisoner in Markham's mansion. With the help of a friendly burglar, they retrieve the option and other papers which prove that Markham and Blatch had been cheating Driggs for years. After Driggs rewards John and informs Enid that she owns a million dollar estate, she and John embrace. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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