Brass Check (1918)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Husband-and-wife actors Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne were a talented team who happened to star in a bunch of mediocre films. Based on a magazine story by George Allen Englund, the Bushman-Bayne vehicle The Brass Check was slightly better than usual, but not by much. Hoping to do his bit for the WWI effort, inventor Henry Everett (Frank Joyner) invents a new synthetic rubber, which makes him the target of a cartel of crooked rubber manufacturers. The leader of the villains is Silas Trevor (Frank Currier), whose son Richard (Francis X. Bushman) has been kicked out of the family home because of his indolence. To prove his worth to his father, Richard joins a private detective agency, which happens to be in the employ of the "rubber barons." Assigned to kidnap inventor Everett and spirit him off to an asylum, Richard is deflected from his course when he falls in love with Everett's sister Edith (Beverly Bayne). Quickly casting his lot with the Everetts, Richard adopts a series of clever disguises to rescue the inventor and to teach his greedy, grasping father a good lesson.



business-rivalry, father, inventor, parent/child-relationship, son, kidnapping, private-detective