In Again-Out Again (1917)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This was only one of many films that proved that the team of silent star Douglas Fairbanks, director John Emerson, and scenarist/wit Anita Loos was unbeatable when it came to comic adventure. Teddy Rutherford (Fairbanks) goes on a bender when he discovers that his sweetie (Helen Greene) loves another man (Homer Hunt) -- and the guy is a pacifist to boot (not a virtue admired in the days of World War I)! After this binge, Teddy wakes up in jail to the ministrations of Janie (Arline Pretty), the sheriff's daughter. In due course, he is released, but he wants nothing more than to go back to the lock-up and to Janie. His attempts to break into the jail are hilarious but unsuccessful. Finally, he gets arrested again for impersonating a man who has plotted to dynamite a munitions factory. The sheriff's assistant -- Teddy's rival for Janie's affections -- tries to get rid of Teddy once and for all by instigating a lynching. But Teddy uses his impressive athletic abilities to escape the mob, leave the jail, and capture the real bomber. Erich vonStroheim was art director on this picture, but his Prussian persona caused trouble when he tried to order some explosives for one of its scenes. The Secret Service rushed to Fairbanks' studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and as a result of this incident, the star fired vonStroheim.

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daughter, pacifism, prison, sheriff, arrest