Telling The World

  • 1928
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Comedy about a rich kid who makes good in newspapering. Cocky Don Davis (William Haines) is kicked out of the house and disowned by his wealthy dad (Frank Currier), so he goes out and gets a job as a reporter. His first assignment is to interview his own father about why the old man turned him out on the street, which he actually has the nerve to do. Next,...read more

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Comedy about a rich kid who makes good in newspapering. Cocky Don Davis (William Haines) is kicked out of the house and disowned by his wealthy dad (Frank Currier), so he goes out and gets a job as a reporter. His first assignment is to interview his own father about why the old man

turned him out on the street, which he actually has the nerve to do. Next, he gets a call that there's been a murder at a local café. The call was a prank concocted by his fellow staff members, but as luck would have it, a murder occurs while Davis is there. Not only does he get the story, but he

gets to be a hero, holding the killer at bay until the police arrive. And on top of all that, Davis meets beautiful orphaned chorus girl Crystal Malone (Anita Page), a sweet kid who falls in love with him. He buys a ring and plans to propose, but she gets cold feet when she realizes his past as a

wealthy playboy. When Davis shows up with flowers and an engagement ring, marriage proposal on the tip of his tongue, he discovers that Crystal has joined a traveling dance troupe en route to entertain American troops in China. Davis hops on the next boat, hoping to catch up to her before it's too

late. Meanwhile, Crystal is falsely accused of participating in the revolutionary assassination of the governor, and is sentenced to death by beheading. Davis proves his love by getting word to the American officials, who send in the Navy and the Marines to save Crystal. Light leading man Haines,

a major star of the silent cinema, did not successfully negotiate the transition to sound cinema. It has long been rumored that the problem lay in his open homosexuality, which was perceived as an increasing liability as Hollywood became more diligent about presenting a wholesome public image.

Haines had an extremely successful second career as an interior decorator, drawing his first commissions from the ranks of stars with whom he had worked onscreen. Page, Haine's perky costar in this romantic comedy trifle, was a heavily hyped up-and-comer. She costarrred with Joan Crawford in OUR

DANCING DAUGHTERS (1928), OUR MODERN MAIDENS (1929) and OUR BLUSHING BRIDES (1930), but her career peaked quickly and was over by the mid-'30s.

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