Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Earl Derr Biggers' novel was made into a play by George M. Cohan and had already come to the screen twice before (once with Cohan himself in the lead role) when this silent version was made. Light comedy star Douglas MacLean was a good choice for the role of William Magee, and the plot was changed around a little bit to add an extra dose of romance. Magee is a novelist who is due to write a new book for his publisher, J.K. Norton (Anders Randolph). But he is so in love with Norton's daughter, Mary (Edith Roberts), that instead of working on the book during his European jaunt, he spends his whole time sending her radiograms. When he disembarks back in the States, he finds Norton angrily waiting for him. He tells Magee that unless he gets the book done he cannot wed Mary. Magee promises to finish the book in the next 24 hours and goes to the Baldpate Inn where he supposedly has the only key. Even if you don't know the story, you can guess by the title that there are six other keys to Baldpate and therein lies the mystery, intrigue, murders, and comedy. Magee finishes his novel and weds Mary.

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writing, distraction, love, creative-block