Broadway Boob (1926)

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A reasonably well-received silent comedy, The Broadway Boob was Merton of the Movies all over again, but with a change of setting. Glenn Hunter, who had played Merton in both the stage and the 1924 screen version, is Dan Williams, a country pumpkin, who, against all odds, lands a chorus job in a Broadway show. To drum up some interest in the newcomer, Dan's press agent (Antrim Short) releases a story that his client is making 3,000 dollars a week. In financial distress and faced with a run on his bank, Dan's father appeals to his "wealthy" son for help and Dan is forced to tell the truth. To make amends, he concocts a scheme that ultimately saves the banks. Returning to his hometown a hero, Dan marries his childhood sweetheart (Mildred Ryan). The Broadway Boob was directed by Joseph Henabery, who a decade earlier had played Abraham Lincoln in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation.