One Man in a Million (1921)

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George Beban, who was known for his ethnic characterizations, especially Italians, wrote, directed, and starred in this heartwarming comedy/drama. Lupine Delchini (Beban) is fired from his job at the lunch counter when he gives food to a penniless man. Before he leaves, he gives the man part of his salary too, not realizing that he is a secret service man in disguise. Because of this kindness, the man makes sure that Delchini is hired as the head of the local dog pound, where he can express his love for animals. One day a little boy (George Beban Jr.) and a dog show up at the pound, and Delchini adopts them both. The boy, it turns out, is a Belgian refugee, and the secret service man finds his mother. Delchini proposes to her and because he loves her little boy so much, she accepts, even though she is in love with the secret service man. Eventually Delchini discovers this, and he is sad at the thought of losing the boy. But then it is discovered that the boy actually changed identification cards with another tot, who is really the woman's son. Delchini is allowed to keep the boy, and he realizes he loves his patient secretary, Flora Valenzi (Helen Jerome Eddy).

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investigation, secretary, unemployment