Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Jimmy Slocum (Bert Lytell), whose wealthy father (Frank Currier) continually pays his speeding fines and loses bets to him, wins a $1,000 bet with his father that Katherine Fowler (Ethel Shannon), whom his father wants him to marry, does not love him. Jimmy then wins a $25,000 bet that he can keep from being arrested more than once in the coming year by getting a twelve-month jail sentence for fighting in a bar and then sassing the judge. He is released early, however, due to his father's efforts and vows to succeed on his own. He gets stranded in a small town where he falls in love with Ethel Wheeler (Gertrude Selby), the owner of a rundown hotel, and with her makes a fortune selling mineral water found on her property. When the town banker tries to foreclose on them, Jimmy opens his own bank with the $25,000, marries Ethel and gains the respect of his father for his success.
This 1919 comedy was produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and is sadly now considered a lost silent film.
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