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Cast overview:
Noah Vale
Sylvia Breamer ...
Miss Fay
Johnny Smith
George B. Williams ...
Mr. Fay
Molly Malone ...
Robert DeVilbiss ...
Jeanette Trebaol ...
Walter Perry ...


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December 1921 (USA)  »

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Um Parente Pobre  »

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A Poor Relation (1921) -- Lost Comedy
2 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Slaving to perfect an invention, Noah Vale ( Will Rogers ) tries to keep two orphans, Rip ( Robert DeVilbiss )and Patch ( Jeanette Trebaol ) and himself by peddling books and is helped by Scallops ( Molly Malone ), a girl who occasionally brings them food. He appeals to Fay ( George B. Williams ), a wealthy relative, for help in marketing his invention and arouses the interest of Fay's pretty daughter. Sterrett ( Sidney Ainsworth ), Fay's partner, steals the model but returns it when he discovers it to be worthless. Johnny Smith ( Wallace MacDonald ), Fay's secretary, is fired when he proposes to the boss's daughter, and visiting Vale's attic, he is comforted by his epigrams. Johnny takes them to a newspaper editor, and they are so successful that both Smith and Vale are hired. Vale decides to give up inventing for writing, and Johnny marries Miss Fay ( Sylvia Breamer ) despite her father's opposition.

This 1921 comedy was based on the play A Poor Relation by Edward E. Kidder. The film version was produced and released by the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, starring the popular Will Rogers. The status of this silent is now listed as unknown, hopefully a copy survives.

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