Red Hot Dollars (1920)

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When machinist Tod Burke (Charles Ray) heroically saves the company's owner, Peter Garton (William Conklin), from being crushed by a falling crane, the grateful old man adopts him. Garton's sister Cornelia (Mollie McConnell) tries to introduce the unrefined young man into society, with the kind of hilarious results expected in a Charles Ray picture. Tod is surprised when his sweetheart, Janet Muir (Gladys George) is not thrilled with his new situation. The reason becomes clear when her grandfather Angus (Charles Mailes) throws him out of their house. Grandpa Muir was once pals with Garton, but because of business conflicts they became enemies. Now Garton's company is destroying Muir's tiny machine shop. Tod and Janet try to save their romance, and Tod finds her a job at Garton's company as a stenographer. But Muir finds out about it, and he becomes even angrier when she is fired because Garton finds her dancing with Tod at work. Finally, the couple lock up the two old men and force them to make up and stay out of their love affair. The multi-faceted Burke is a pleasant standout amongst Charles Ray's usual "country bumpkin" characters.



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