~The Nut~
1921
~Plot Synopsis~
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was making the transition from modern romantic stories to adventures when The
Nut was made -- The Mark of Zorro was the picture before this one, and The Three Musketeers would
come after. He doesn't do as many of his famous stunts here, either -- he suffered a serious injury while
jumping out a window in one scene and production had to be halted while he healed. This no doubt
forced him to slow down, and at some point between this picture and the mid-1920s he secretly began
using a double for some stunts (actor/stuntman Richard Talmadge was the man used). The title character
that Fairbanks plays is Charlie Jackson, a Greenwich Village character who invents Rube Goldberg-style
contraptions. He uses them to please his friends and his sweetheart, Estrell Wynn (Marguerite De La
Motte) but more often than not, they backfire. Estrell, who lives in his apartment building, wants to
benefit slum children by having them entertained with the help of New York's biggest society names. This
gives Jackson a new project to undertake; to get publicity he steals a load of wax statues from a show and
is pursued by cub reporter Pernelius Vanderbrook (Morris Hughes). A gambler (Gerald Pring) who lusts
after Estrell tricks her into coming to his apartment. Jackson saves her from being compromised and
helps her escape by taking her through the furnace pipes of the building. Featured in the story is a lawn
party where Fairbanks is imitating a number of famous figures, one of them being comedian Charles
Chaplin. This was actually the real Chaplin (a good pal of Fairbanks') parodying himself. Supposedly,
Chaplin did all the other imitations, too.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Theodore Reed

Written by:
Kenneth Davenport - story
Douglas Fairbanks - writer
William Parker - writer
Lotta Woods - writer
~Cast~

Douglas Fairbanks ...  Charlie Jackson
Marguerite De La Motte ...  Estrell Wynn
William Lowery ...  Philip Feeney
Gerald Pring ...  Gentleman George
Morris Hughes ...  Pernelius Vanderbrook Jr
Barbara La Marr ...  Claudine Dupree
Frank Campeau ...  (uncredited)
Jeanne Carpenter ...  (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin ...  Chaplin impersonator (uncredited)
Mary Pickford ...  Party guest (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ...  Henchman (uncredited)
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~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures

Distribution Companies: United Artists

Produced by: Douglas Fairbanks
Cinematography by:
William C. McGann
Harris Thorpe
Charles Warrington
Art Direction by: Edward M. Langley
Makeup Artist: George Westmore
Stunts: Richard Talmadge
General Manager: John Fairbanks
Production Manager: Robert Fairbanks

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: November 20, 1920