Harry Langdon is a little Belgian soldier who comes to America to find his pen pal. How hard can it be to find a Mary Brown in 1926? He just has to get through gangsters, bootleggers and the common cold to locate her. Langdon at his best.
Okay, so this annoyingly peppy cub reporter muffs a big story. So clearly you need to throw the kid out on his bottom. Just remember who this kid’s father is, buster.
One of the earliest Frank Capra movies that is really a Frank Capra movie. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (still a teen at the time) is a cub reporter who must solve a murder, romance a girl, expose political corruption and win his job back. He also has a thing or two to learn about journalistic ethics and car chases. One of the most enjoyable films of the late silent era with both director and star showcasing their considerable talents.
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Doug, Jr. tracks down the real killers and, after a wild car chase, wins both job and romance.[/toggler]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Chocolate Pistachio Mini Cream Pies. It’s not epic but the flavor combination is classic and most everyone will love it.
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in one of his breakout hits– directed by none other than Frank Capra! Doug plays a cub reporter who is desperate for a scoop. He gets it when he manages to implicate a young lady (Jobyna Ralston) in a scandalous murder. Seeing the damage he has done to innocent Jobyna, Doug sets out to catch the real killer.
Like so many Frank Capra heroes, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is a wide-eyed innocent in a cynical world. Why, of course the young lady he saw fleeing the scene of a murder is blameless! She’s crying. Would a guilty woman cry? I rest my case.
And since this is a Frank Capra film (The Power of the Press), our innocent young fellow is absolutely correct. She is innocent.
Frank Capra’s first film of many for Columbia Pictures and his trademark optimism-amongst-poverty is already in place. Viola Dana is a tenement beauty determined to marry money. Ralph Graves is a rich wastrel who meets Viola, falls for her and marries her the same night. Everything would be fine except that Ralph’s father disinherits him and Viola is back at square one. What to do? Start a business, of course! Capra’s offering delights with charming script and a brisk pace and the leads are engaging.
A variation on the popular twenties gold-digger theme in the key of Capra. The delightful Viola Dana dreams of landing a rich husband. Ralph Graves seems to be the man of her dreams but when he is disinherited, it is Viola’s entrepreneurial spirit that saves the day.
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