A Man of Action (1923)

Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Light-comedy actor Douglas MacLean stars in this hilarious mystery capably directed by James W. Horne. Bruce MacAllister, a wealthy San Franciscan (MacLean), leads a pampered and uneventful life. That changes when his sweetheart Helen Summer (Marguerite de la Motte) says she likes "a man of action." MacAllister meets up with a young tough, and when he is called East, he sends the guy in his place; meanwhile, he buys some second-hand clothes and visits the haunts along the Barbary Coast, where he is mistaken for a notorious character called the Chicago Kid. Enlisted to help in a robbery, it turns out the thieves are after his own consignment of diamonds. MacAllister also discovers that his administrator has been trying to swindle him. The result is an endless string of double crosses in which the diamonds keep disappearing and reappearing, and finally no one is willing to identify MacAllister at all. But before the police can drag him off in handcuffs, Helen's father (Arthur Millett) arrives and straightens everything out.

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con/scam, doctor/nurse, executor, fiancee, inheritance