Mile-A-Minute Kendall (1918)

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A movie-theater owner of 1918 could never go wrong if he booked a film starring Jack Pickford and Louise Huff -- and if that film was directed by the talented William Desmond Taylor, so much the better. Based on a play by Owen Davis Sr., Mile-a-Minute Kendall cast Pickford in the title role, a millionaire's son with a fondness for fast cars and up-to-date mechanical devices. Young Kendall falls in love with gold-digging chorus girl Rosalynde D'Aubre, much to the displeasure of his hometown sweetie Joan Evans (Huff). Our hero wises up to Rosalynde's fickle nature just in time to save his father's business with a revolutionary new automotive device of his own invention -- and, oh yes, he returns to the arms of Joan. The casting of Jack Pickford's own sister Lottie Pickford as the predatory Rosalynde added a curious, bizarre and not altogether tasteful dimension to the film's otherwise traditional storyline.