The Clean Up (1923)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |  
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Lively Universal star Herbert Rawlinson may have been past his prime, but he still made a good showing in this pleasant comedy-drama, which had a story written by H.H. Van Loan. Carefree Monte Bixby (Rawlinson) is dismayed to discover that his wealthy grandfather has left him but one dollar -- and given everyone else in the small town where he resides 50 thousand dollars apiece. Along with receiving the dollar, Bixby has to stay in town for the next 30 days. His society sweetheart, Mary Reynolds (Claire Anderson) dumps him when she discovers that he is penniless, but Phyllis Andrews, the grandfather's secretary (Claire Adams), offers to help him out. While Bixby is having trouble getting by, the rest of the town is celebrating its good fortune by closing up shop and celebrating. The place is going downhill, and Bixby realizes how destructive unearned money can be. He resolves to save the town -- and, of course, that's the whole point. The will was a hoax, meant only to teach Bixby responsibility. He winds up getting the full inheritance, and Phyllis' hand.

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community, death, inheritance, lawyer, lessons, loot, nephew, town, tycoon, uncle