Six Best Cellars (1920)

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Prohibition had just recently come into effect, so the topic of this light comedy (based on a story by Holworthy Hall and Hugh Kahler which appeared in McClure's Magazine) was quite timely. Henry Carpenter (Bryant Washburn) is throwing a dinner party. Supposedly he has a cellar full of liquor, but in reality, he's down to his last bottle. It turns out that his aunt has several cases of wine in her cellar, left by her deceased brother. It seems that Henry has hit the jackpot, but then he discovers that the bottles are empty. To cover up his faux pas, he harangues his dinner guests about the sins of "drinking for drinking's sake." This so impresses them that word reaches the Prohibitionists, who offer to back him in a Congressional election. At about the same time, Henry's aunt calls again to tell him that there are more bottles of wine in her cellar. She wants him to get rid of them, so he does -- by taking them home. The film ends with Washburn looking at the audience (who in 1920 were most likely liquorless) and asking, "Well, what would you do?"