~Play Safe~
1927
Directed by: Joseph Henabery

Written by:
Monty Banks (story)
Charles Horan
Harry Sweet
~Cast~

Monty Banks ... The Boy
Virginia Lee Corbin ... Virginia Craig
Charles Hill Mailes ... Silas Scott (as Charles Mailes)
Charles K. Gerrard ... Scott's son (as Charles Gerard)
Bud Jamison ... Big Bill (as Bud Jamieson)
Rosa Gore
Syd Crossley
Max Asher (as Max Ascher)
Frank Alexander (as Fatty Alexander)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Monty Banks Enterprises

Distribution Company: Pathé Exchange

Executive Producer: Monty Banks
Cinematography by: Blake Wagner
Stunts:  
Harvey Parry ...  stunt double: Monty Banks (uncredited) Other crew
Howard Estabrook ... supervisor

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: January 30, 1927
~Plot Synopsis~
Thanks to constant exposure in excerpt form in scores of silent-movie compilations, Play Safe is the
best-known of the Monty Banks comedies. Banks plays a dapper little doofus who tries to rescue
heiress Virginia Cragg (Virginia Lee Corbin) from the evil machinations of crooked estate trustee Silas
Scott (Charles Mailes). The film comes to a heart-pounding climax as Virginia is kidnapped by Scott's
minions and spirited off to a freight train. Banks mans a fruit wagon, gives chase after the villains,
and ultimately boards the train, leading to a spectacular slapstick setpiece in which both hero and
heroine narrowly escape death at every twist and turn. The justly famous runaway-train finale was
later released separately as the two-reeler Chasing Choo-Choos.

Plot Synopsis by: Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
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Monty Banks & Virginia Lee Corbin