Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1921 film)
Still with Sam Hardy on left and Doris Kenyon on right
|Directed by||Frank Borzage|
|Written by||Luther Reed|
|Cinematography||Chester A. Lyons|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||70 minutes; 7 reels|
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford is a 1921 silent comedy film directed by Frank Borzage. The film's script was adapted by writer Luther Reed from the novel "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" by George Randolph Chester and George M. Cohan, which expanded in turn on a series of short stories by Chester. Produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation, the film was released in seven reels on December 4, 1921.
As the film opens, 'Blackie' Daw arrives in the town of Battlesburg, Iowa. Daw has little money, but makes it known that J. Rufus Wallingford, a wealthy businessman, will be arriving in town soon and is interested in finding good investments. When Wallingford arrives, he and the townspeople hatch a scheme to build a factory, but they cannot decide what the factory should produce. Wallingford suggests carpet tacks, which he insists will interest other investors, and the townspeople agree. As the film progresses, the company's stockholders begin to doubt Wallingford who is, in fact, a con man. He is able to assuage their doubts. The establishment of the factory begins a real estate boom, and Wallingford and Daw are planning to skip town with the money they've gained. But just before they do, a wealthy financier buys out Wallingford's interest and the factory makes a large sale of carpet tacks. As a result, Wallingford and Daw become wealthy by honest means. They both end the film by finding women to marry, Wallingford to his stenographer Fannie Jasper and Daw to Dorothy Wells, daughter of a prominent townsperson.
- Sam Hardy - J. Rufus Wallingford
- Norman Kerry - 'Blackie' Daw
- Doris Kenyon - Fannie Jasper
- Diana Allen - Gertrude Dempsey
- Edgar Nelson - Eddie Lamb
- Billie Dove - Dorothy Wells
- Mac Barnes - Andrea Dempsey
- William T. Hayes - G.W. Battles
- Horace James - Timothy Battles
- John Woodford - Mr. Wells
- Mrs. Charles Willard - Mrs. Dempsey
- Eugene Keith - Harkins
- William Carr - Quigg
- William Robyns - Abe Gunther
- Theodore Westman Jr. - the bellboy
- Patterson Dial - Bessie
- Jerry Sinclair - Judge Hampton
- Benny One - Wallingford’s valet
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford". Silent Era. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
- "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2010-02-09.