Robert Cummings -- not to be confused with the same-named leading man of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s -- was the grey-eminence star of The Running Fight. Cummings was cast as a banker who destroys his business, and dozens of depositors by misappropriating funds for his own financial gain. In addition to wreaking havoc on the economic climate, the Banker also nearly ruins his daughter's (Violet Hemming) romance with a young lawyer (Thurlow Bergen). Some of the "bank panic" scenes in Running Fight -- notably the hysterical reaction of the banker's mistress -- neatly anticipate similar events in Frank Capra's Depression-era drama American Madness. Alas, the director of Running Fight was not mentioned in the reviews, and his name has been lost to history.
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