Better Man (1926)

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Produced by and starring stunt-man Richard Talmadge, this silent action comedy was directed by Scott R. Dunlap, formerly of Buck Jones B-Westerns. Talmadge played Lord Hugh Wainwright, a Britisher who, on his way to his California ranch, rescues pretty American Nancy Burton (Ena Gregory) from a brutal peddler. Interested in Nancy, Lord Hugh obtains passage as valet to her nouveau riche uncle, Phineas Ward (John Steppling). In one of those plot contrivances endemic to bad screenwriting, Phineas upward mobile wife (Margaret Campbell) convinces the British "valet" to pose as Lord Tatterton. When after several "thrilling adventures," Lord Hugh reveals his true identity, the Wards send for the officers of an insane asylum. "Kidnapping" Nancy, Lord Hugh leads the Wards on a merry chase that ends at the British consulate where his identity is finally established.