The Rookie's Return (1921)

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Douglas MacLean and Doris May made a number of popular light comedies in the late 1910s and early '20s. In the spirit of their first hit 23 1/2 Hours Leave, MacLean once again plays an army sergeant, only this picture shows his adventures after he has returned home from France. James Stewart Lee (MacLean) tries to become a book salesman. He fails miserably, but he does meet pretty Alicia (May). Lee decides to visit his wealthy aunt only to discover that she has died and left him her fortune with one catch: he has to keep her servants for six months. This is not an easy task since she has willed them 5,000 dollars each and they are anxious to leave so they can collect. At a library where Lee is trying to find an answer to his problem, he meets an older man known only as Dad (Frank Currier). The two strike up a friendship and Dad goes to Lee's home. He proceeds to straighten out the servant problem. Alicia, meanwhile, tells Lee she is upset because her father is missing. Lee doesn't realize the missing Dad is staying right in his home. Dad, however, finds out that his daughter is looking for him and orchestrates a series of adventures for the couple that guarantees that their romance will culminate in marriage.



aunt, client, daughter, fake, father, fortune [wealth], heir, kidnapping, lawyer, love, marriage, problems, servant, stipulation, unknown