Double Speed (1920)

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When "Speed" Carr (Wallace Reid) has to travel from New York to Los Angeles to meet his uncle and claim an inheritance, he decides to make the trip by automobile. The trek goes well until he reaches the Western desert. While he is sleeping, his car and all his belongings are stolen, even his shoes. He arrives in L.A. looking like a bum, and the bank that was supposed to give him his money tosses him out as an impostor. By coincidence, he takes on the name of a certain criminal and goes to work as a chauffeur for the bank president's daughter, Sallie McPherson (Wanda Hawley). Sallie's new car just happens to be the one stolen from Speed. Because of his choice of pseudonym, Speed gets himself in all sorts of trouble, and ultimately he is accused of stealing his own car, impersonating himself and being his own murderer. Before things get cleared up, he manages to marry Sallie and eventually all turns out well. In the years before his premature death from drugs, Wallace Reid played breezy characters like this one in quite a few light comedies.