It Can Be Done (1921)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |  
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Earle Williams stars in this unusual comedy-drama. Austin Crane (Williams) is the author of several detective novels which feature a character named Hammond Knox. During a dinner party, the host, Webb Standish (Henry Barrows), and the other guests agree that Crane's stories are impossible. The only one who stands up for the author is Standish's daughter, Eve (Elinor Fair). Craig sets out to prove the naysayers wrong. He gets a job working for the Morning Clarion as a reporter and the editor, Byron Tingley (William McCall), assigns him to investigate some unscrupulous business doings. Just like the character in his books, Crane goes about searching for evidence and finds out that Standish really is bilking the public. He tries to pull out of the assignment but Tingley won't let him. With the help of Spike Dawson, a former crook (Alfred Aldridge), he sneaks into the Standish home to find some documents. Dawson also decides to take the Standish jewels. Standish calls the police, who trace Dawson to Crane's home. Crane reveals to Standish that all his actions were meant to prove that the stories of his books could happen, and he returns the documents to him on the condition that he reform.

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investigation, investigator, journalism, love, newspaper, profit, reporter, romance, writing