Paths to Paradise (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though Betty Compson is top-billed in Paths to Paradise, the film's real star is the ever-dapper, ever-unflappable Raymond Griffith. We lose our hearts to Griffith in the very first scene, where he passes himself off as a police inspector by flashing a gas meter reader's badge. The plot concerns a jewel heist engineered by Compson and Griffith right under the nose of dimwitted detective Edgar Kennedy. Though they escape scot-free, Compson has pangs of jealousy, whereupon the ever-obliging Griffith cheerfully agrees to sneak the jewels back into the safe, all the while keeping the dunderheaded Kennedy in the dark. Existing prints of the silent Paths to Paradise end with Compson and Griffith making their escape in a zany car chase; our knowledge of the film's actual outcome is predicated on an existing script and cutting continuity.

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con/scam, jewel-robbery, necklace, burglary, car-chase, thief, border [geographic], detective, Mexico, impersonation, police-inspector