Crossroads of New York (1922)

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This feature-length comedy-melodrama was not one of the best from Mack Sennett, or his talented director, F. Richard Jones. Country boy Michael Flint (George O'Hara) arrives in the city to seek his fortune. He's a bit better off than your average naïve youth because he has a letter of introduction to his rich Uncle James (Noah Beery). The connection pays off and Michael gets a job in uniform -- as a street cleaner. Nevertheless, he finds himself pursued by various females, including his landlady (Dot Farley), who somehow manages to become engaged to him. Michael is somehow able to break the engagement, but then his uncle is reported killed and he becomes entangled with a mercenary vamp, Grace St. Clair (Ethel Grey Terry), who involves him in a breach of promise suit. Meanwhile, Michael has fallen in love for real with debutante Ruth Anthony (Kathryn McGuire, who later became Buster Keaton's co-star in Sherlock, Jr. and The Navigator). Luckily for the hapless young man, Uncle James shows up very much alive. Michael wins Ruth's hand by saving her father (Herbert Standing) from financial ruin.

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con/scam, escape, golddigger, greed, heir, inheritance, marriage, romance, search, seduction, uncle, vamp