Breaking into Society (1923)

Run Time - 58 min.  |  
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When the down-market O'Tooles inherit a fortune, the entire clan -- including the dog, Rags -- moved to upscale Pasadena, Beverly Hillbillies-style, in this comedy from independent producer Hunt Stromberg. Hoping to crash society, Ma (Carrie Clark Ward) and Pa O'Toole (Kalla Pasha) prove not only uncouth but also gullible enough to mistake the crooked "Pittsburgh Kid" (Chuck Reisner) and his Bowery bride, Yvonne (Florence Gilbert), for a couple of swells. Stromberg, whose The Great Ziegfeld would win the 1936 Best Picture Academy Award, also wrote and directed this minor effort released by low-budget Film-Booking-Office.



con/scam, fortune [wealth], inheritance, rags-to-riches