The Ten Dollar Raise (1921)

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Mild-mannered Wilkins (William V. Mong) has been a bookkeeper for the firm of Bates and Stryker for 15 years without receiving a raise. His sweetheart and co-worker, Emily (Helen Jerome Eddy), is waiting too, because a raise would enable them to marry. Then Wilkins is tricked by Don (Hal Cooley), the son of Bates, the firm's senior partner (Lincoln Plummer), into covering his gambling debts. Don sells him some land which proves to be underwater. Wilkins finally snaps. After helping Don escape from a Chinese gambling den, he takes him to the submerged land and pushes his head under water. Then it turns out that the land is rich in oil. With the profits, Wilkins is able to marry Emily and buy out Bates, whom he generously keeps on as sales manager. Meanwhile, Wilkins' friend Jimmy (Pat O'Malley) marries his own sweetheart, Dorothy (Marguerite de la Motte), the daughter of the firm's other partner, Stryker (Charles Hill Mailes).



American-dream, friendship, oil, property