The Fourteenth Man


1920

Film Details

Also Known As
Hunting Trouble, The Romantic Meddler, The Trouble Hunter
Release Date
Sep 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Man from Blankley's by F. Anstey (pseud. of Thomas Anstey Guthrie) (New York, 16 Sep 1903).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

During a quarrel at a Scottish inn, Captain Gordon wounds another officer and flees to New York with detective Jenks on his trail. Once there, he meets Marjory Seaton, an heiress whom her Uncle Tidmarsh is trying to marry to the profligate Winslow. Marjory, however, is interested in Sylvester, a fashionable sportsman. One night while at a ball, Gordon spies Jenks following him and, in the course of his escape, accepts refuge from a fight promoter named Brooks. At Brook's request, Gordon substitutes for Sylvester's opponent, burglar Deacon, at a charity bout, and knocks the real pugilist out. Later, during a dinner party at the Tidmarsh's, Gordon is mistaken for a lord and, when the real nobleman appears, is denounced as an impostor. The police are called, and while awaiting their arrival, Gordon prevents Deacon's attempt to rob the Tidmarsh safe. With the appearance of Jenks, who discloses that the quest for his search was to deliver a large inheritance to Gordon, Marjory declares her love for the Scotsman and all ends happily.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hunting Trouble, The Romantic Meddler, The Trouble Hunter
Release Date
Sep 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Man from Blankley's by F. Anstey (pseud. of Thomas Anstey Guthrie) (New York, 16 Sep 1903).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

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Notes

This film was also known as Hunting Trouble, The Trouble Hunter and The Romantic Meddler during its production. Several contemporary sources list July 25, 1920 as its release date, but reviews did not appear until September 1920. The actor Norman Selby, also known as Kid McCoy, was the former middleweight boxing champion. Paramount studio records list Helen Dunbar in the role of Mrs. Tidmarsh, but all contemporary reviews credit Sylvia Ashton with the role. Contemporary reviews also differ from Paramount records in listing character names as Major McDowell instead of Major MacDonald, Mrs. McDowell instead of Mrs. MacDonald, and Monk Brady instead of Deacon. Anstey's play was filmed twice again: in 1930 by Warner Bros. as The Man from Blankley's, with John Barrymore and Loretta Young starring and Alfred E. Green directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3370); and in 1934 in Great Britain as Guest of Honour, with George King directing.