Tearing Through (1925)

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Richard Jones (Richard Talmadge) is the assistant to the district attorney (Herbert Prior). He decides to single-handedly expose a drug ring that is terrorizing Madison, a reformer (Charles Clary). Madison's son, Bob (Arthur Rankin), has become a hophead because of the ring, and Greer (Frank Elliott), Jones' rival for the hand of Madison's daughter, Constance (Kathryn McGuire), is the ring's leader. The district attorney himself is in league with Greer as well. Jones disguises himself as an Asian, leaps over tenement roofs, beats up a mob of Chinese gangsters, and performs several dozen other daredevil feats. In the end, he's appointed the new district attorney and wins the girl. Kathryn McGuire, incidentally, was the leading lady in two of Buster Keaton's best silents, Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator. This F.B.O. release was a typical Richard Talmadge vehicle -- it was fast-paced, cheaply made, and gave the star loads of opportunities to show off his stunt work.