The Man Who Made Good (1917)

Comedy, Drama | 13 May 1917

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Breaking Loose . According to Var , although this film bears the Triangle name, it may have been financed by Henry P. Dixon, a burlesque producer who acted in the film. It was made at Triangle's Eastern studio in Yonkers, NY. The story is similar to that of George Weston's short story "Breaking Loose" ( The Pittsburgh Post Magazine , 17 Sep 1916), but according to studio records, enough changes were made in the film so that the story did not have to be ... More Less

The working title of this film was Breaking Loose . According to Var , although this film bears the Triangle name, it may have been financed by Henry P. Dixon, a burlesque producer who acted in the film. It was made at Triangle's Eastern studio in Yonkers, NY. The story is similar to that of George Weston's short story "Breaking Loose" ( The Pittsburgh Post Magazine , 17 Sep 1916), but according to studio records, enough changes were made in the film so that the story did not have to be credited. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 May 17
p. 1547.
MPN
12 May 17
p. 3016.
MPW
12 May 17
p. 978.
MPW
17 Nov 17
p. 1074.
NYDM
5 May 17
p. 28.
Variety
4 May 17
p. 22.
Wid's
3 May 17
p. 277.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 May 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tom Burton, a clerk in the Whitney wholesale grocery firm, is unable to advance beyond his lowly position. In the boardinghouse in which he resides, there lives Frances Clayton and Flash Lewis, also in Whitney's employ but a great talker and salesman whom Tom envies. Tom and Frances fall in love and marry but Frances, realizing Tom's lack of ambition, decides to leave him and take a job of her own. Unable to get a raise, Tom quits and one day, while in a small country town, he enters a general store and discovers the products of his former company languishing on the shelves. Hitting upon the idea of a "taste and buy" campaign to sell the products, Tom undertakes a whirlwind campaign which nets the company many orders. Josiah Whitney, the head of the firm, is so impressed that he offers Tom Flash Lewis' job and thus having made good, Tom is reunited with ... +


Tom Burton, a clerk in the Whitney wholesale grocery firm, is unable to advance beyond his lowly position. In the boardinghouse in which he resides, there lives Frances Clayton and Flash Lewis, also in Whitney's employ but a great talker and salesman whom Tom envies. Tom and Frances fall in love and marry but Frances, realizing Tom's lack of ambition, decides to leave him and take a job of her own. Unable to get a raise, Tom quits and one day, while in a small country town, he enters a general store and discovers the products of his former company languishing on the shelves. Hitting upon the idea of a "taste and buy" campaign to sell the products, Tom undertakes a whirlwind campaign which nets the company many orders. Josiah Whitney, the head of the firm, is so impressed that he offers Tom Flash Lewis' job and thus having made good, Tom is reunited with Frances. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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