It's a Great Life (1920)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Eminent Authors-Goldwyn production was based on the Mary Roberts Rineheart story about boarding school life, "Empire Builders," which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. The scanty plot involves a pair of boys, Stoddard (Culen Landis) and "the Wop" (Howard Halston) -- an unfortunate nickname that nowadays would have Italians picketing the theaters, the movie studio and all points in between. The pair -- like most schoolboys -- are far more interested in finding ways to get into trouble than they are in learning anything. After Stoddard's latest trick (stuffing the rising gong), Professor Randall (Tom Pearse) gives him five more chances to behave, otherwise he can kiss boarding school good-bye. Stoddard counts them down and he's saved expulsion only because he gets sick from eating too many oysters and can't make any more mischief.