The Pretenders (1916)

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Upon striking oil on his farm, Silas T. Pettingill (Charles Eldridge) moves to Park Avenue at the behest of his social-climbing wife Maria (Kate Blancke) and daughter Helen (Emmy Wehlen). But like Jiggs in the comic strip, Pettingill never loses his common touch, and one evening he goes out on a toot with his new chauffeur Hubert Stanwood (Paul Gordon). So as not to be chastised by his wife, Pettingill introduces Hubert as a European count. In this capacity, Hubert helps to expose a couple of con artists who intend to fleece the gullible Mrs. Pettingill. Even so, she refuses to give her blessings to the chauffeur's romance with Helen, until it is revealed at film's end that Hubert really is a count after all.

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America, aristocracy, chauffeur, daughter, driver, farming, oil, striker, wife