Trouble (1922)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |  
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In the ads for this comedy-drama, child-star Jackie Coogan looks almost exactly the same as he did in Charles Chaplin's The Kid. Here he's in an orphan asylum, desperately trying to keep his dog with him. Eventually he is adopted by a plumber (Wallace Beery) and his wife Gloria Hope). But this plumber isn't the lovable slob Beery later became in films like The Champ -- he's brutal and mean and neglects his work. Jackie, in fact, goes on a plumbing job in his adopted father's place and causes mayhem in the client's home. But instead of being angry, the woman gives the boy five dollars, which he takes home to his new mother. When the plumber takes the money from his wife and hits her, Jackie leaps into action and fights him. A policeman interferes and the plumber unleashes his wrath on him as well. The cop is saved only when Jackie drops a flower pot on the plumber's head. The plumber is arrested and sent to jail on Jackie's testimony, and the wife's parents come for her, taking the two of them off to a happier life on their farm.

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bully, child, farming, happiness, home, mother, orphan, parent, plumber, prison, problems, wife