Synopsis by Janiss Garza
By 1925, the formula for Richard Talmadge features was down pat: give the actor a lot of impressive physical stunts, keep the action moving along briskly, and get it over in five reels. This well-made little programmer followed the pattern. Reggie Dillingham (Talmadge) spends his time squandering his fortune, much to the disgust of his attorney. Dillingham bets that he can support himself, but fails miserably at every job he tries. Then his lawyer informs him that he really does need to go to work because all his money has been lost in a bad investment. Dillingham catches political boss/newspaper publisher Clint Taggart (Joseph Girard) with a chorus girl and takes a photograph which winds up in a rival paper. Taggart hires Dillingham as manager of one of his newspapers in the hopes that it will keep him quiet, but Dillingham can't be controlled. He falls in love with Mary Ryan, Taggart's stenographer (Margaret Landis), and they find out that their boss is involved in bootlegging. Mary goes to the police while Dillingham is left to fight it out with Taggart's thugs. Taggart gets his just desserts, Dillingham wins Mary, and his lawyer informs him that the supposedly bad investment has actually doubled his money.
coming-of-age, crimefighter, gangster, love, poverty, redemption, romance