The Jailbird (1920)

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Douglas MacLean, one of the best of the straight comedians of the 1920s ("straight" in those days referred to actors who eschewed slapstick and wild costumes), stars in 1920's The Jailbird. With only six months left to serve, likable crook Shakespeare Clancy (MacLean) decides to take an early vacation from jail. Luck of luck, Clancy inherits both a small-town newspaper and an oil well. Using the former legacy to stir up suckers-er, investors-in the latter, Clancy gets mixed up in an oil swindle orchestrated by a group of bad crooks. All's well that ends well (notice how we avoided the obvious pun?) in this breezy Thomas H. Ince production. The Jailbird was unofficially remade by Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson as Country Gentlemen(1937).

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con/scam, escape, escaped-convict, going-straight, inheritance, newspaper, oil, oil-swindle, one-against-odds, prison, property, town