Making the Grade (1921)

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Director Fred J. Butler directs his son, David Butler, in this entertaining comedy-drama. Eddie Ramson (David Butler) is the scapegrace son of wealthy parents (William Walling and Lillian Lawrence). Mr. Ramson's friend, Captain Carleton (Jack Cosgrove), is leading an expedition to "Bolshevik Russia," and Eddie ends up going along with him. But Eddie's irresponsible ways continue in Russia, and he can't keep away from the vodka. He also falls in love with Sophie Semeoff, a schoolteacher (Helen Ferguson). In spite of competition from some Bolsheviks, Eddie manages to win her and brings her back to America as his wife. This does not thrill Mrs. Ramson, who believes her boy has been vamped. However, when American agents of the Russians attempt to kidnap Sophie, it is Mrs. Ramson who aids in rescuing her. Sophie reveals that her captors wanted her jewels, which belonged to her mother. She is actually a princess, so she finally wins the approval of the snobbish Mrs. Ramson.

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agent [representative], bride, civil-war, kidnapping, mother, mother-in-law, parent, peasant, playboy, princess, Russia, socialite, soldier, war