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Slow As Lighting
     

Slow As Lighting

Director: Grover Jones

Cast: Kenneth McDonald, Edna Pennington, Gordon Sackville

 
Jimmie March (Kenneth McDonald) is a good-natured but hopelessly inefficient employee in the office of E.J. Philips. He's also in love with Philips' daughter Eleanor (Edna Pennington), but the chances of their ever being able to acknowledge, much less act on those feelings, are rendered rather remote by two developments: Jimmie is fired for his inefficiency and

Overview

Jimmie March (Kenneth McDonald) is a good-natured but hopelessly inefficient employee in the office of E.J. Philips. He's also in love with Philips' daughter Eleanor (Edna Pennington), but the chances of their ever being able to acknowledge, much less act on those feelings, are rendered rather remote by two developments: Jimmie is fired for his inefficiency and seeming ineptitude when it comes to such basics as getting to work (or back from lunch) on time and not getting distracted by life's joys; and Eleanor is being courted by Mortimer Fenton (William Malan), a wealthy would-be suitor who would stoop to anything to come out on top in any competition he's in, especially with Jimmie. Let go from his job, Jimmie decides to try and achieve success on his own, encouraged by a Gypsy fortuneteller who predicts that his hunches will pay off big. With help from some of his friends; an Irishman, an Italian, and a Jewish man from the neighborhood where he lives, he gets involved in investing in the stock market, and he starts to succeed -- this, in turn, makes it possible for him to try and impress Eleanor with his acumen and his abilities as a self-made man, but it also brings on the enmity of Fenton who, before this is over, will involve Jimmie in a plan involving stock manipulation and fraud, and get him targeted by a gang of toughs.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
For reasons best understood by their editors, a lot of reference sources list Slow As Lightning as a Western -- which is pretty obviously not the case as the movie opens in a decidedly urban office setting and never really leaves it. What's more, it embraces a story and range of characters that would have been all-but-impossible to squeeze into any Western as the genre was conceived in 1923. In short, it's not an oater at all -- it is a decidedly urban comedy/drama about a good-hearted if unfocused young man who succeeds despite his naive nature, with help from three friends: an Irishman, an Italian, and a Jew, who band together with him. The pacing could be quicker, and the humor of some of the situations pushed harder, but overall this is a fascinating social document of its time -- a time when most filmgoers were not from the big city -- and with enaging performances throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
UPC:
0089218599292
Original Release:
1923
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[silent]
Time:
0:57:00
Sales rank:
73,203

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Slow as Lightning
0. Chapter Index
2. Chapter 1 [8:57]
3. Chapter 2 [9:09]
4. Chapter 3 [8:54]
5. Chapter 4 [8:57]
6. Chapter 5 [9:19]
7. Chapter 6 [10:58]

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