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Riley the Cop (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 25 November 1928 (USA)
Joe Smith, a young bakery worker, gets engaged to Mary Coronelli, who comes from a wealthy family. Her snooty aunt takes Mary to Europe, hoping to break up the couple, but Joe uses his ... See full summary »

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James 'Aloysius' Riley (as Farrell Macdonald)
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Mary Coronelli
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David 'Davy' Collins
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Lena Krausmeyer
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Joe Smith, a young bakery worker, gets engaged to Mary Coronelli, who comes from a wealthy family. Her snooty aunt takes Mary to Europe, hoping to break up the couple, but Joe uses his savings to follow her there. Unfortunately, he is falsely accused of embezzling money for the trip from the bakery, and Officer Riley, a well-liked local cop, pursues Joe to Europe. While in Germany Riley falls for a young flapper in a beer garden, but he's in for a surprise when he finds out who she really is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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25 November 1928 (USA)  »

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Akage nunokoi no uzumaki  »

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Made 70 years ago, this silent is still watchable
8 August 1999 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

From the archives of 20th Century Fox, cable station AMC found this silent gem to show during its salute to John Ford and film preservation in general. There is not much to the story in this comedy, but that doesn't matter. The cop on the beat, Aloyishus Riley, uses his twenty years experience to stay out of trouble while practicing an early version of community policing. Then he is sent to Germany (or the Fox lot version of Germany) to pick up a neighborhood youth accused of embezzling money from the bakery the youth works at. In Europe, everyone looks at Riley's big feet and immediately pegs him as a cop. Returning the fugitive back to the US, it is the youth, not Riley who wants to get back, so the lad can see his girlfriend on the boat back to the States. "Riley the Cop" is a fine example of film making. John Ford is at his mellow best here as a director. After seeing this silent movie, you have to wonder what other gems are hidden in the Fox film vaults.


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