Fools in the Dark (1924)

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Percy Schwartz (Matt Moore) has no desire to go into his father's garbage can manufacturing business. He'd rather write screenplays and marry his sweetheart, Ruth Rand (Patsy Ruth Miller). When he proposes, Ruth insists on getting the consent of her uncle and guardian (Charles Belcher). Dr. Rand thinks Schwartz is a weakling and tests his courage with the help of Kotah (Bertram Grassby), his Indian servant who is also in love with Ruth. Suddenly, Schwartz finds himself at the mercy of a group of mad scientists, but he makes his escape with the help of his friend, street cleaner Diploma (Tom Wilson, playing in blackface, was incomprehensible and offensive to modern-day audiences, but considered quite funny in the 1920s). Ruth has been kidnapped, but Kotah has double-crossed his master and the kidnapping is for real. He takes her on a boat, but Schwartz uses a plane to rescue her. Dr. Rand becomes convinced of Schwartz's bravery and he gives his blessings to the union.