CinematographyChester A. Lyons Written byLuther Reed Duration
DirectorFrank Borzage GenreSilent film CastDoris Kenyon, Sam Hardy CountryUnited States
English intertitles Release dateDecember 4, 1921 (1921-12-04) WriterGeorge M. Cohan (play), Luther Reed Related Frank Borzage moviesThe Mortal Storm (1940), 7th Heaven (1927), Mans Castle (1933), Street Angel (1928), Bad Girl (1931)
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford is a lost 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.
'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.