Village Sleuth (1920)

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Charles Ray's country bumpkin becomes an aspiring detective in this lightweight comedy. The inept attempts of farm boy William Wells (Ray) to become another Nick Carter or Sherlock Holmes are not appreciated by his father (Lew Morrison), who decides to send him out into the world. His travels ultimately bring him to a sanitarium where one of the patients has become the victim of an attempted robbery. William thinks the doctor is the crook but through his investigations, he uncovers a real crook, who has been pretending to be an inmate. William gets a five thousand dollar reward, and the girl (Winifred Westover.