Old Home Week (1925)

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Thomas Meighan plays Tom Clark, who left his home town to make good -- and wound up as part owner of a hapless gas station. On the train back to his old town for "old home week," however, he is mistakenly thought to be a big oil man. Ethel Harmon (Lila Lee), daughter of Judge Harmon (Sidney Paxton), falls in love with him. The town is being swindled by two crooks, Marshall Coleman (Charles Dow Clark) and Townsend Barton (Max Figman). They've planted a phony oil well in the town and have sold stock in it. Because of his high position, Clark is put in charge of the project. When Judge Harmon finds out that Clark is pretty much a failure, he exposes him, but Clark refuses to give up his post. He has already discovered that the oil well is a fake and has set out to salt it and sell it back to the swindlers. His every action is misunderstood until the crooks loudly protest being out-swindled. Clark gains the town's respect once again, and wins the hand of Ethel. This comedy-drama was "suggested by" George Ade's story -- meaning that scenarist Tom Geraghty decided to change everything around until Ade's tale was unrecognizable.

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couple, fake, home, love, millionaire, oil, owner, profit, property, reunion, scheme, station, town, water