Self-Made Man (1922)

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The title to this comedy is self-explanatory, and while the plot -- which came from a Saturday Evening Post story -- is nothing new, William Russell adds a bit of verve. Jack Spurlock (Russell) puts business before pleasure, and his hedonistic life causes his father -- a Wall Street financier -- to disown him. His girlfriend Anita Gray (Renée Adorée) isn't thrilled with his laziness either, and she breaks up with him. But it turns out that Jack is meant for something better than his frivolous job as a society reporter: While attending a party thrown by Anita, he finds out that rival financier Hugo Bonsall is out to ruin his father. With Anita's monetary help, Jack comes to his dad's aid, going head to head with Bonsall's son to gain control of the stock in question and winning. Having proven himself, Jack is welcomed back to his family and back into Anita's arms.