Wealthy young Herbert Alden ( Ben Lyon ), a would-be detective, is practicing housebreaking with his valet, an ex-convict, when he meets George and Polly, two real thieves, they are discovered, and, following a chase, they go to Herbert's city apartment. George arranges with one of them, Tony-the-Lizard, to rob the guests at a ball given by Herbert's father at his country home. Herbert discovers that Tony is Tracy Sutton, a social lion engaged to Herbert's sister, Roberta; and believing Herbert to be a famous criminal, Tony seeks his advice. At the last minute Herbert sounds the alarm and reveals his identity. Polly, who is at the ball in disguise, is accused by Ruth Webster ( Virginia Lee Corbin ) of participation in the robbery, but Polly unmasks Ruth as a notorious thief. After revealing her own identity as a newspaper writer, Polly is united with Herbert.
Picture Play 1927 - If mystery melodrama is to your liking, "The Perfect Sap" should qualify as entertainment. Ben Lyon is Herbert Alden, a youth who wants to be a detective and who goes about preparing himself for that noble calling by reading all he can find on the subject in true small boy fashion. By accident he falls in with a gang of crooks and in love with Pauline Sarke, a beautiful lady crook who turns out to be none other than our old friend the girl reporter out to nab the gang. A lot of other characters are mixed up in the proceedings, notably Virginia Lee Corbin, who is very good indeed, and little Helen Rowland, a peach of a child comedienne.
This 1927 drama/mystery is now listed as unknown, suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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