Humdrum Brown (1918)

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Before taking a brief break from films to join the Royal Canadian Flying Corps., director Rex Ingram made two films for the Paralta - W.W. Hodkinson Corp., both released in 1918 and starring Henry B. Walthall and his wife Mary Charleson. The first was the legal drama His Robe of Honour; the second was this local-boy-makes-good comedy. Humdrum Brown (Walthall) is a small-town bank clerk who dreams of marriage with Alicia Booth (Mary Charleson). The bank is robbed and forced to close, so Humdrum takes a job as a night clerk in a hotel in the big city. He discovers the bank robbers and chases them onto an ocean liner. He captures them and recovers the loot, and when his hometown bank reopens, Humdrum Brown is its president.