Broadway Bill (1918)

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No relation to the 1934 Frank Capra classic of the same name, the 1918 production Broadway Bill focuses on its title character, a Manhattan playboy. Bill (Harold Lockwood) is in love with a Miss Underwood (Martha Mansfield, but she refuses to have anything to do with him unless he gives up his randy lifestyle and proves his true worth. With the help of the heroine's father, Bill lands a job in a rugged lumber camp where he runs afoul of a crooked foreman. Upon gathering enough evidence to prove that the foreman is a thief, Bill becomes a "marked man," but he manages to escape Certain Death and to marry the formerly frosty Miss Underwood. A pat and predictable effort, Broadway Bill boasted excellent location photography, courtesy of future Warner Bros. mainstay Tony Gaudio.