The Idle Rich (1921)

Comedy | 26 December 1921

Director:

Maxwell Karger

Writer:

June Mathis

Cinematographer:

Arthur Martinelli

Production Designer:

Julian Garnsey

Production Company:

Metro Pictures Corp.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Junk," by Kenneth Harris in Saturday Evening Post (25 Dec 1920).
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 December 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures
Copyright Date:
4 January 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17443
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,848
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young Sam Weatherbee, who leads a carefree existence on his inherited wealth, is staging an elaborate party in memory of his ancestors when he receives a wire notifying him that his fortune is lost, owing to the speculations of his executor. Down and out, Sam becomes heir to an old house in Los Angeles, formerly the residence of his father's sister and now presided over by O'Reilly and his wife. Finding the house filled with old junk, Sam conceives the idea of bartering it for food. Eventually he becomes prosperous as a junk dealer though ridiculed by his former society friends. His sweetheart, Mattie, who had previously considered him shiftless, defends him. His rival Dillingham tries to prevent Sam from obtaining a lease on his father's property, but Mattie, discovering his trickery, rejects Dillingham for ... +


Young Sam Weatherbee, who leads a carefree existence on his inherited wealth, is staging an elaborate party in memory of his ancestors when he receives a wire notifying him that his fortune is lost, owing to the speculations of his executor. Down and out, Sam becomes heir to an old house in Los Angeles, formerly the residence of his father's sister and now presided over by O'Reilly and his wife. Finding the house filled with old junk, Sam conceives the idea of bartering it for food. Eventually he becomes prosperous as a junk dealer though ridiculed by his former society friends. His sweetheart, Mattie, who had previously considered him shiftless, defends him. His rival Dillingham tries to prevent Sam from obtaining a lease on his father's property, but Mattie, discovering his trickery, rejects Dillingham for Sam. +

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