See My Lawyer (1921)

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When inventor Otto Trueman (J.P. Lockney) claims to have created a machine which makes artificial rubber, young promoter Robert Gardner (T. Roy Barnes) thinks he's found a great get-rich-quick scheme. He mails hundreds of thousands of letters touting this invention and searching for investors until it is discovered that the machine doesn't do what Trueman says it does. The postal authorities get involved, and Gardner's friend, Billy Noble (Lloyd T. Whitlock) suggests that he play crazy to avoid arrest. He does, and in the meantime Trueman sells his contraption for a million dollars. Trueman, Gardner and Noble split the profits and then find out that the machine makes a fantastic paving block. This picture was a weak adaptation of the stage play by Max Marcin, which also starred Barnes. There is a 1945 film with the same title that was based on a different play -- also with the same name.