Live Wires (1921)

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The Fox Studios promoted Johnnie Walker and Edna Murphy to star status in this college days/thriller hybrid. Bob Harding (Walker) is the star player of his college football team. His sweetheart is Rena Austin (Murphy), who is a telegraph operator back home. She's the one who informs Bob that his father has died, and he returns home to discover that bad investments have left no more money for college. His mother (Alberta Lee) is swindled by two crooks who take an option on her property for 1,500 dollars. Bob finds out that the land is worth 25,000 dollars to a railroad company and tries to get the option back from the swindlers. They offer to let him have it if he returns to college and throws the football game. Bob, of course, refuses, so they kidnap him. He is able to get away just long enough to telegraph Rena for help. She sends for the police and soon he's on a train headed for the game. A speeding train isn't fast enough, so an airplane picks him up from the train's roof and drops him off at the field. He shows up just in time to score the winning points for his team. Since Rena's father (Wilbur Higby) has stolen the option, Bob is able to continue his education.

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aerial, college, courage, football, player [sports], train [locomotive]