The Way Of All Men

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Disaster

A sunken-submarine drama without the submarine. Fired by boss Randolf, Fairbanks allies himself with the wealthy Edeson, makes millions in the market, and then goes to a basement speakeasy in New Orleans to arrange a victory party. Present at the illegal watering-hole are a variety of wealthy people, bums, and shady ladies including Fairbanks' one-time...read more

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A sunken-submarine drama without the submarine. Fired by boss Randolf, Fairbanks allies himself with the wealthy Edeson, makes millions in the market, and then goes to a basement speakeasy in New Orleans to arrange a victory party. Present at the illegal watering-hole are a variety of

wealthy people, bums, and shady ladies including Fairbanks' one-time love interest Revier, a former actress and now a woman of the streets. The floodwaters of the Mississippi River threaten to burst a levee and inundate the establishment, so quick-thinking proprietor Beery closes the airtight

doors of the gin mill (doors installed for just such an eventuality). One of the assemblage, a down-and-outer, is a former scientist who reminds the distinguished company that they are jeopardized not only by the threat of drowning, but also by suffocation in the tightly closed confines. Another

of the bums is a half-crazed former clergyman who urges them to make their peace with their maker. Each of the merrymakers tries to outdo the others in a veritable free-for-all of terminal good will. Fairbanks recants his rejection of Revier and prepares to die with her, finally demanding that the

doors be opened to let the floodwaters take them. The doors are indeed opened, and lo, the sun is shining: the levee didn't give way after all. Played straight, but good for some laughs.

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