Empty Cab (1918)

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When his father gets fed up with his spendthrift ways, Jimmie (Franklyn Farnum) is forced to find work. A newspaper hires him as a reporter and immediately sends him out on an assignment. He has to track down a gang of counterfeiters who have been baffling the police. Jimmie follows the crooks to a mysterious house, where he finds a girl (Eileen Pearcy) is being held captive. After much difficulty, he and the girl escape and the counterfeiters are rounded up. But the next morning, Jimmie's story doesn't appear in the paper. He goes to the office to complain and recognizes all the other reporters, who were posing as counterfeiters, and the girl, who is the paper's society editor. It was all a set up, arranged by his father who had just bought the paper and wanted to challenge Jimmie.