Off the Highway (1925)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors  |  
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Character actor William V. Mong rarely landed a role that was a real tour de force, but he has one -- or, rather, two -- in this drama. The wealthy but miserly Caleb Fry (Mong) lives with his lookalike servant, Tatterly (also Mong). The old man is the guardian of his nephew, Donald Brett (John Bowers), and he's not thrilled that the youth has decided to pursue an artistic career instead of becoming a businessman. As a result, Fry changes his will and leaves his estate to a cousin, Hector Kindon (Charles Gerard). One day Fry finds Tatterly dead and decides to take over his identity to see what his relatives are really like. To his surprise he discovers that Kindon is a worthless drunk while Donald and his sweetheart, Ella Tarrant (Marguerite de la Motte), are kindly and giving. Fry wants to help them out, but he can't because he didn't leave anything for Tatterly in his will. He cleverly manages to get some money together, however, and ruins Kindon on Wall Street. Kindon commits suicide and Fry gives the money to Donald and Ella who immediately wed and move to the country. Fry accompanies them.

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artist, butler, death, identity, loot, millionaire, nephew