One Man Game (1927)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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Directed by Ernst Laemmle, a nephew of the studio's diminutive owner, this typical Universal oater starred Fred Humes and newcomer Fay Wray. Humes plays a rancher whose homestead is threatened by the evil machinations of crooked neighbor Stephen Laban (Norbert Myles). When snobbish Millicent Delacey (Lotus Thompson) arrives from the East, Humes attempts to impress her by masquerading as the Duke of Black Butte, a visiting nobleman. Millicent and her social climbing mother (Julia Griffith) buy the disguise hook, line, and sinker, but the idyll is interrupted by Laban and his henchmen, who frames Humes in a bank robbery. With the help of local girl Robyna Roberts (Wray), the hero manages to catch the real culprits and clear his good name. No longer threatened by foreclosure, Humes can settle down peacefully, not with the Eastern snob, but married to Robyna.

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bad-guy, bank, criminal, good-guy, impersonation, kidnapping, love, ranch, romance