Wallingford (1931)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Officially released as The New Adventures of Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford, this William Haines vehicle was snappily adapted by Charles MacArthur from the "Wallingford" short stories by George Randolph Chester. Haines of course plays the title character, a breezy con artist in league with personable pickpocket Schnozzle (who else but Jimmy Durante?) After fleecing a tourist for $25,000, Wallingford realizes that he's been swindled when the tourist's check turns out to be of rubber consistency. Just one step ahead of the law, Wallingford and Schnozzle settle in a small town, where they rescue the family of heroine Dorothy (Leila Hyams) from bankruptcy and foreclosure. Even William Haines must have been aware that the picture was effortlessly stolen by Jimmy Durante, whose second film this was.

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couple, family, get-rich-quick-scheme, going-straight, help, home, homestead, loot, one-against-odds, pickpocket, pursuit