Waking up the Town (1925)

Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |  
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This very slight comedy features Jack Pickford and Norma Shearer (the latter was borrowed from MGM to appear in this United Artists film). Jim Joyce (Pickford) runs a garage with old Abner Hope (Alec B. Francis). When Hope's granddaughter, Mary Ellen (Shearer), comes to visit, Joyce falls in love with her. Joyce has a number of bizarre inventions and he dreams of harnessing the nearby falls for power, but he can't get any financing from Curt Horndyke, the town banker (Herbert Pryor). Hope, who is fascinated with astronomy, predicts the end of the world and gives Joyce all his money. With his newfound wealth, Joyce is able to impress Horndyke, who offers to help raise capital for the falls project. The power plant opens, but Joyce is injured during a harsh storm. While unconscious he has a vision of the end of the world in which civilization is destroyed. He awakens to a more mundane and happier scene, with Mary Ellen by his side.

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daughter, finances, inventor, love, partner, uncle