Cheerful Fraud

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Silent film comedian Reginald Denny's regular leading lady Laura La Plante had gone on to bigger things at Universal in 1927, thus Denny was co-starred with Gertrude Olmstead in A Cheerful Fraud. Denny plays a wealthy young man whose one true love (Olmstead) chooses to keep her distance. To get closer to the girl, Denny takes a job as her family's butler. Complications ensue when Denny is forced to be in two places at once without exposing his harmless deception. Like most of Denny's Universal vehicles, A Cheerful Fraud brought home the box-office bacon, enabling the studio to finance such chancier projects as The Man Who Laughs. The director was William A. Seiter, Denny's favorite, who always managed to pluck something fresh from the most banal and timeworn of plot devices.


Reginald Denny
as Sir Michael Fairlie
Otis Harlan
as Mr. Bytheway
Emily Fitzroy
as Mrs. Bytheway

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