The Auction Block (1926)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |  
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The career of Charles Ray was on a downhill slide by the time he made this picture, based on a novel by Rex Beach. It had been filmed once before, in 1917, but this version, made by MGM, played up its comedy aspects. As wealthy city boy Bob Wharton, Ray goes against his usual rube type with mixed results. Wharton is a spendthrift who elopes with Lory Knight (Eleanor Boardman), a beauty contest winner from South Carolina. When she realizes that Wharton knows more about going out on the town than he does about honest, hard work, she leaves him and returns to South Carolina. Wharton follows after her and gets a job as a shoe salesman. While he's making good, Carter Lane (Ernest Gillen) tries to win Lory over. Lane's sister, Bernice (Sally O'Neil), meanwhile, vamps Wharton and compromises him. The irate Lane men are determined that Wharton must marry Bernice or die, but she finally confesses that the situation was all her doing, and he is innocent. Having proved he can be a success, Wharton reunites with Lory.

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beauty-pageant, compromise, danger, father, frame-up, girl, love-triangle, millionaire, riches-to-rags, vamp, wife