Cast & Crew
In a prologue, Douglas Fairbanks appears in a chef's outfit mixing a cake with action, mystery, adventure, romance and comedy, seasoned with pep and ginger. The finished cake is The Knickerbocker Buckaroo . The story begins as buoyant Teddy Drake, expelled from his exclusive Fifth Avenue club for playing practical jokes and leaping over furniture, decides to reform his selfish impulses. Anxious to do "something for somebody," he boards a train bound for the Southwest. After helping an old woman off the train, Teddy takes the wrong train and meets Manuel Lopez, a Mexican bandit, going to visit his sick mother. To hide Lopez from a crooked sheriff, and because Teddy left his shirt in the first train, Teddy exchanges clothes with him. At the border town of Sonora, the sheriff chases Teddy along the roofs until, seeing a girl in jail, Teddy lets himself be arrested. Learning that the girl, Rita Allison, has money hidden that the sheriff wants to steal, Teddy escapes. After Lopez saves him from a lynching, Teddy finds the money, holds off the sheriff's gang until a U.S. Marshal arrives, and then returns to New York with Rita, now his fiancée.
The film begins by stating its intentions: Douglas Fairbanks mixes ingredients labeled Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Comedy, Pep, and Ginger to create a cake iced with the film's title.
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The film originally was titled Something for Somebody. According to publicity, Fairbanks trained with Bull Montana, Spike Robinson and Kid McCoy to get in shape for the many stunts he performed in the film. Elton Banks was Douglas Fairbanks' pseudonym. Two cameramen were used to insure the photographing of Fairbanks' stunts the first time they were successfully performed. The character "Rita Allison" was called "Mercedes" in some of the reviews of the film. William Wellman, who later became a famous director, began his film career as an actor in this film. A news item called him a "well known ace of the Lafayette Flying Corps, owner of a Croix de Guerre and who has seven Boche planes to his credit."