A young man can only get the woman he loves if he becomes famous and manages to get his picture in the newspapers. He determines to let nothing stand in the way of his doing exactly that, ... See full summary »
A young man can only get the woman he loves if he becomes famous and manages to get his picture in the newspapers. He determines to let nothing stand in the way of his doing exactly that, and in the process winds up getting involved with a gang of criminals and a locomotive chase. Written by
Douglas Fairbanks as Pete Prindle, is the son of the wealthy owner of Prindle Products which produces a rather disgusting sounding (e.g, 'Pre- digested Prunes') line of nutritious processed foods aimed at the vegetarian market. Pete doesn't think much of the foods and is not interested in the business; he comes to work late and doesn't do much once he's there. Pete falls in love with Christine Cadwalader, the daughter of one of Prindle's distributors but her father tells him he won't allow a marriage until Pete official owns half of Prindle's products. But Pete's father tells him he won't be in the business at all until he gets his pictures in the papers promoting Prindle Products. Pete comes up with some amusing schemes to get this done but these are unsuccessful until he is a hero in preventing a train wreck. Fairbanks had the most engaging smile in moviedom and added to that an athleticism and comic timing that makes for always enjoyable watching. This movie has an over abundance of title cards but it also has one of the funniest and most memorable title cards - "Ain't he the reel hero?" The movie also includes some fascinating scenes of the Atlantic City boardwalk. Fortunately, Flicker Alley has issued a wonderful set of Fairbanks modern comedies and their print of this one is excellent.
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