The Professional Scapegoat (1914)

A man is hired by a department store just so he can be 'fired' every time there's a customer complaint.


Sidney Drew


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Cast overview:
Sidney Drew ... Wimperis - the Scapegoat
Mrs. Sidney Drew ... Enid - the Saleslady (as Jane Morrow)
Harry Davenport ... The Lawyer
Cortland Van Deusen Cortland Van Deusen ... The Floorwalker


Noticing an ad reading, "Man wanted, Experienced in dismissals preferred." Arthur Wimperis, who has just been discharged, feels he is well equipped for a job of that nature. He applies at Mack's big department store for the position. The superintendent tells him he requires a man to take the blame for trivial complaints made by customers, in other words, a professional scapegoat. A rehearsal is satisfactory and Arthur gets the job. He proves to be a superlative "scapegoat," and when he goes through his "weepy" motions after being "discharged" by the superintendent, the enraged customer invariably calms down and goes out feeling sorry for having caused a subordinate to lose his job. He falls in love with Enid, a beautiful salesgirl who is being pestered by the attention of a floorwalker. Delighted at her sweet sympathy, Wimperis does not tell the girl of his position in the store but when she sees the young man "fired" several times, the joke comes out. Shortly after Wimperis and Enid ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy







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20 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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