Joseph Urban and Cosmopolitan Films

Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford

"Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" is a lost film that was Cosmopolitan Productions Number 21. It was released on December 4, 1921.

The film was directed by Frank Borzage, and was based on the 1910 Broadway play by George M. Cohan, that had itself been adapted from a novel by George Randolph Chester. The scenario was by Luther Reed.

Con men J. Rufus Wallingford (Sam Hardy), posing as a wealthy businessman, and 'Blackie' Daw (Norman Kerry) convince the Battlesburg, Iowa townspeople that they should built a factory to produce carpet tacks. They plan to abscond with the money once a profit is made. Instead, the company is purchased and they both become wealthy by honest means.

Wallingford ends up marrying Fannie Jasper (Doris Kenyon), his stenographer, and Blackie marries Dorothy Wells, a native of Battlesburg.

Shown here from Urban's Scrapbook No. 2 are photographs of Urban's exterior sets for the Wallingford Porch and House.

This view of the Village at night is reminiscent of some of Urban's vistas created for the Ziegfeld Follies and other stage productions.

Shown here from Urban's Scrapbook No. 2 are a Nursery scene, similar to the rooms that he had designed for his own children in his Vienna home before emigrating to America, and the set for Harkins Bijou Theatre. 

Other photographs in the Scrapbook include streets in Battlesburg, the exterior and various rooms in the Palace Hotel, and other village scenes.

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