Timid Terror (1926)

Run Time - 56 min.  |  
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Bashful bond salesman Talbot Trent (George O'Hara) constantly finds himself in trouble thanks to his brash, practical-joking buddy Howard Graham (Rex Lease). Both men fall in love with pretty secretary Dorothy (Doris Hill), and both are candidates for a general-manager post at their company's Cleveland branch. Howard seems to have the advantage with both Dorothy and the managership, which Talbot attributes to the fact that Howard drives a fancy new roadster. Talbot determines to purchase his own car, but the best he can afford is a battered taxicab. Our hero's luck goes from bad to worse as he tries to maneuver his cab around the busy city streets, and by reel five it looks as though he's going to lose his car, his job and his girl all in one fell swoop. Only when he learns to rely on his own inner strength rather than such creature comforts as automobiles and fancy clothes does Talbot finally emerge triumphant.

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friendship, love, prank, rival, salesperson, secretary