Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight? (1922)

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This mawkish tale of mother love was loaded with -- as film critics of the 1920s liked to say -- "hokum." It was supposedly inspired by the old song of the same title. Cullen Landis plays Garry Beecher, your classic small town boy who is seduced by the promises of New York. So he heads for the big city, leaving his mother (Virginia True Boardman) and sweetheart, Lorna Owens (Patsy Ruth Miller), at home to pine for him. Of course, he forgets all about them and becomes involved with Veronica Tyler, a cynical chorus girl (Kathleen Key). But he can't keep up with her extravagant tastes and when he begins stealing, she turns him in. He goes to prison as a result, but redeems himself during an uprising among the prisoners by snatching the warden from a train which is about to have a head-on collision. The grateful warden gives Garry a pardon, and he returns to his small town home, his mother and his girl. A footnote on small time starlet Kathleen Key -- she was the great-granddaughter of Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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chorus-girl, city-life, escape, false-accusation, fortune [wealth], frame-up, freedom, imprisonment, rescue, train [locomotive], warden