Mr. Billings Spends His Dime (1923)

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Although rotund Walter Hiers was frequently seen in motion pictures all throughout the silent era, he was generally playing a supporting role. In this light comedy feature, however, he gets top billing. John Percival Billings (Hiers) is a haberdashery clerk who falls in love with Suzanna, a beautiful South American girl, when he sees her in a newsreel. His infatuation for her causes him to stay at the theater too long and he is fired from his job. Billings manages to make his way to the South American republic, where the girl, Suzanna Juarez (Jacqueline Logan), lives with her father, who is the country's president (Josef Swickard). Predictably, there is a revolution going on, and Billings' antics somehow manage to keep President Juarez in office. The victory wins him Suzanna's hand and leaves him fabulously wealthy. The picture ends with Billings returning to the store where he once worked, buying it, and forcing his old boss to take a floorwalker's position.

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newsreels, political-unrest, President, salesperson, South-America, unemployment