Clean-Up (1917)

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The Clean Up was ostensibly set in Illinois, but the distinctly Californian topography and foliage in the outdoor scenes rather gave the game away. Franklin Farnum plays Stuart Adams, the publicity man for a rag-tag burlesque troupe which pitches camp in the tiny Illinois town of Weston. Stuart is soon smitten by Hazel Richards (Brownie Vernon), the daughter of the town's bank president. Naturally, Hazel's daddy frowns upon her fraternizing with "show folk," but Stuart gets into the old man's good graces when he helps to foil a bank robbery. The individual plot elements of The Clean-Up make little sense, notably a subplot involving a "woman of the world" who turns out to be a government agent. Evidently, Universal was relying upon the engaging personality of star Farnum to smooth over the film's many rough spots.