Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1921 film)

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Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
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Still with Sam Hardy and Doris Kenyon
Directed by Frank Borzage
Written by Luther Reed
Based onGet-Rich-Quick Wallingford (novel)
by George Randolph Chester
play adaptation by George M. Cohan
Starring Sam Hardy
Doris Kenyon
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • December 4, 1921 (1921-12-04)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford is a lost [1] 1921 American silent comedy film directed by Frank Borzage. The film's script was adapted by writer Luther Reed from the 1910 Broadway play by George M. Cohan, [2] which in turn was adapted from the novel Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester. Produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation, the film was released in seven reels on December 4, 1921. [3]



'Blackie' Daw arrives in the town of Battlesburg, Iowa. He 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 time goes on, 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 have made. 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 find women to marry, Wallingford to his stenographer Fannie Jasper and Daw to Dorothy Wells, daughter of a prominent town resident. [4]


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  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
  3. "Progressive Silent Film List: Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford". Retrieved February 9, 2010.
  4. "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved February 9, 2010.