Gas, Oil and Water (1922)

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Once Charles Ray began to take control of his career, it started to go downhill. He wanted to veer away from the country bumpkin roles that made him famous and in this picture he plays George Oliver Watson, a slick secret service agent disguised as a garage man. His shop sits on the Mexican border, near a hotel where some bad guys are staying (it never is made clear in the film just what kind of illegal activities they are doing). Watson has fallen for Susie, the daughter of the hotel's owner (Charlotte Pierce), and Susie, in turn, is spending time with Hobart Rush (Robert Grey), one of the guests. Rush happens to be one of the men Watson is watching. After several reels of spying, Watson finally catches the bad guys at work and when Rush tries to escape in an auto carrying Susie, the chase is on. Susie leaps into Watson's car while Rush careens off the embankment. The poor pacing of this suspense shows that Ray was no director -- in fact, his directing duties here detracted from his acting performance.

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agent [representative], chase, criminal, espionage, infiltration, investigation, smuggling