The Last of Douglas MacLean's Long Series of Comedies for Thomas Ince
A MAN OF ACTION, the last of producer Thomas Ince's Douglas Maclean comedies, was released by First National on June 10, 1923. Directed again by James Horne, in six reels, it cost $108,669, including and after ten months in release, it had grossed $170,837, as revealed in my Ince biography. A MAN OF ACTION was also announced as a production for the next season on Broadway, although it never came to fruition, as noted in my Ince biography.
In Bradley King's story, MacLean plays a character who must prove to his fiancée, portrayed by Marguerite De La Motte, that he is not just a man of inherited wealth, but the title phrase, A MAN OF ACTION. He joins the San Francisco underground and is mistaken for a well-known gangster. Leading a robbery of his own diamonds, he learns that his estate administrator, who thought the heir was on an East coast trip, had planned to steal the diamonds for himself.
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