Opening Night (1927)

Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Edward H. Griffith, whose list of directorial credits extended back to the Edison Studios days, was at the controls of Columbia's Opening Night. Having behaved like a coward during the sinking of an ocean liner, a prominent banker drops out of sight, allowing the world to assume that he's dead. Returning to New York after many years, the banker discovers that he is celebrated as a hero. Rather than reveal the truth to his now-remarried wife, he takes a "temp" job as her chauffeur (amazingly, she does not recognize him). Pulling up at his former home, the banker dies peacefully, with a smile on his lips. The show-bizzy title refers to the fact that the banker's daughter, pursuing a show-business career, is secretly helped along by her doting father, who remains on the sidelines to vicariously enjoy his daughter's success. Opening Night was partially remade in 1934 as Whom the Gods Destroy.

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chauffeur, coward, hero, impersonation, shipwreck