A young man from the country travels to the city to find his fortune. Although he has a letter of introduction from his wealthy uncle, the best job he can find is that of a street cleaner. He catches the eye of his landlady, who somehow manages to get the man to propose to her, but he then falls in love with a pretty young socialite, and when his rich uncle dies finds himself being sued by a gold-digging vamp who wants to her her hands on his inheritance. Written by
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intended this film to be Keystone's first entry out of the comedy genre and into drama. When it was previewed (as "Heart Balm"), however, audiences howled with laughter, much to Sennett's embarrassment. Not one to let embarrassment stand in the way of making a buck, however, he did some rewriting, performed some judicious editing, changed the title and released it as a comedy. None of the changes worked, however, and the film was one of Sennett's bigger flops. See more