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Wid's credits Joe August with photography. The New York pre-release showing was 8 Sep 1918. Some sources give the release date as 9 Sep 1918 and 29 Sep 1918. Fairbanks starred in the Broadway farce. According to publicity for the film, Fairbanks' palatial home and grounds in Beverly Hills, CA, and director Allan Dwan's home in the Sierra Madre Mountains in California are shown in the film. Some scenes were shot in Bear Valley, ... More Less

Wid's credits Joe August with photography. The New York pre-release showing was 8 Sep 1918. Some sources give the release date as 9 Sep 1918 and 29 Sep 1918. Fairbanks starred in the Broadway farce. According to publicity for the film, Fairbanks' palatial home and grounds in Beverly Hills, CA, and director Allan Dwan's home in the Sierra Madre Mountains in California are shown in the film. Some scenes were shot in Bear Valley, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Sep 18
p. 1333.
MPN
21 Sep 18
p. 1922.
MPW
21 Sep 18
p. 1772, 1776
New York Times
9 Sep 18
p. 9.
NYDM
23 Feb 18
p. 1186.
Variety
13 Sep 18
p. 45.
Wid's
15 Sep 18
pp. 21-22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play He Comes Up Smiling by Byron Ongley, Emil Nyitray (New York, 16 Sep 1914) and the novel of the same name by Charles Sherman (Indianapolis, 1912).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12865
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,876
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jerry Martin is a bank clerk whose chief responsibility is to care for Agamemnon, the vice-president's canary. One day the bird escapes, and Jerry frantically pursues it until he meets up with a group of hoboes who suggest that both he and the bird enjoy their freedom. Fascinated by the idea, Jerry lives the carefree life of a wanderer with Baron Bean, a tramp, until his clothes are stolen while he is swimming and he is forced to don the apparel of Batchelor, a stockbroker. With Batchelor's consent, Jerry, in the guise of the financier, lives for several weeks at the home of wealthy businessman John Bartlett and his pretty daughter Billy. When he discovers that Batchelor is trying to ruin Bartlett, Jerry comes to the old man's rescue and is offered a partnership in the business. Jerry's former employer leaves him a substantial inheritance for treating the canary so kindly, and the bank clerk-turned-hobo-turned-millionaire wins Billy's ... +


Jerry Martin is a bank clerk whose chief responsibility is to care for Agamemnon, the vice-president's canary. One day the bird escapes, and Jerry frantically pursues it until he meets up with a group of hoboes who suggest that both he and the bird enjoy their freedom. Fascinated by the idea, Jerry lives the carefree life of a wanderer with Baron Bean, a tramp, until his clothes are stolen while he is swimming and he is forced to don the apparel of Batchelor, a stockbroker. With Batchelor's consent, Jerry, in the guise of the financier, lives for several weeks at the home of wealthy businessman John Bartlett and his pretty daughter Billy. When he discovers that Batchelor is trying to ruin Bartlett, Jerry comes to the old man's rescue and is offered a partnership in the business. Jerry's former employer leaves him a substantial inheritance for treating the canary so kindly, and the bank clerk-turned-hobo-turned-millionaire wins Billy's heart. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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