Broadway Jones (1917)

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George M. Cohan's stage play also formed the basis for the stellar author/actor's screen debut. Cohan plays Broadway Jones, so named because of his love for the Great White Way, even though he's a resident of Jonesville. Jones's Uncle Andrew (Russell Jones) runs the Chu-Chu Chewing Gum Company in the old fashioned manner, and when New York City ad man Robert Wallace (Crawford Kent) comes through town, Broadway decides he must finally see Broadway -- never mind that he's leaving behind his fiancee, company stenographer Josie Richards (Marguerita Snow). In New York, Jones runs through all his money and becomes engaged to Mrs. Gerard, a rich, aggressive widow (Ida Darling). When Uncle Andrew dies, Jones returns to Jonesville intending to sell the plant. But when he realizes how much unemployment this will cause, he takes over its management and hires Wallace as the advertising director. Mrs. Gerard realizes she's not going to be able to nab Broadway and settles for his butler, while Broadway and Josie finally get married. Some of this picture was shot on location in New York City, including a scene at the then-famous Murray's Cabaret, and it captures the style and glamour of the city circa 1917.