Even as a supporting player, character actor Theodore Roberts often dominated the scenes in which he performed. When he had an excellent starring vehicle, as he does here, every other actor practically becomes invisible. Old Bullivant, otherwise known as Grumpy (Roberts) is a crusty old man who, nevertheless, has a soft spot, especially when it comes to his granddaughter, Virginia (May McAvoy). The girl's sweetheart, Ernest Heron (Conrad Nagel), is in the midst of delivering an extremely valuable diamond for a South African company. This attracts the attention of Chamberlin Jarvis (Casson Ferguson), and he gets near his mark by courting Virginia. Although he does manage to steal the diamond, he doesn't hang onto it for long because Grumpy, a retired criminal lawyer, figures out his game. This picture was adapted from the play by Horace Hodges and T. Wygney Percival. Cyril Maude made the role of Grumpy famous on stage, and he played the character in 1930, when it was filmed as a talkie.
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