The Wise Guy (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 1926 (USA)
Gut Watson, known as a wise guy, decides to turn his traveling vaudeville troupe and tent into an evangelistic movement, and make more money preaching than acting. One of the troupers is ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Jules Furthman (story), Adela Rogers St. Johns (adaptation) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
James Kirkwood ... Guy Watson
Mary Astor ... Mary
Betty Compson ... Hula Kate
George F. Marion ... Horace Palmer
Mary Carr ... Ma Palmer
George Cooper ... The Bozo
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Gut Watson, known as a wise guy, decides to turn his traveling vaudeville troupe and tent into an evangelistic movement, and make more money preaching than acting. One of the troupers is Mary, a girl left destitute by her father's death. Watson is so good at his new calling that a band of followers build a tabernacle for him to preach his sermons. But when one of his former performers, "Ma" Parker dies, Guy prays honestly for the first time in his life, and then tells the congregation of his lying past. Mary, it turns out, is also a crook, and they go to jail with the intent of getting married when they are released, and starting a new honest life. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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-noisy as the brass band that brought his medicine show into town- more opinions than a supreme court judge- and a pretty face made him look like a boob. (Print Ad-Daily Banner, ((Greencastle, Ind.)) 3 January 1927)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Previously considered a lost film, one surviving print is now known, held in the custody of the National Archives of Canada. See more »

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