George Washington Cohen (1928)

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His Lower-East-side accent unheard, George Jessel is still able to convincingly portray the Hebraic title character in George Washington Cohen. Hoping to live up to his presidential moniker, Cohen tries to live by the same creed which guided the Father of His Country. Unfortunately, his determination to never tell a lie gets him into plenty of trouble with his friends and family. Things get worse when he's called upon to act as a material witness in a divorce case involving his two best friends. Forced at last to tell a lie, George finds that he can't stop lying -- yet somehow this turns out to his advantage, winning him a hefty annual income and the love of heroine Florence Allen.

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dishonesty, divorce, friendship, lies, witness