The Man on the Box (1925 film)

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The Man on the Box  (1925) 
by Charles Reisner
A 1925 American silent comedy film directed by Charles Reisner and written by Charles Logue, based on the 1904 novel of the same name by Harold MacGrath
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Warner Brothers
"The Man on the Box"
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a Warner Brothers Classic of the Screen

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Victor Vance

In California—at Café Montmarte where business and pleasure are combined.

Inventor Lampton, whose Helicopter will revolutionize aviation.

· · · Theodore Lorch.

He was jealous of his wife.

· · · Cathleen Calhoun.

Bob Worburton, financial sponsor of the Helicopter, who will back anything—with his father's money.

· · · Syd Chaplin.

"Excuse me—there's Colonel Annesley."

Colonel Annesley, who wants the Helicopter for the U.S. Government.

· · · E.J. Ratcliffe."

The Colonel's daughter.

Alice Calhoun

"Count Karloff."

- - Charles Gerrard.

"I wonder who she is?"

"Careful, or you'll be falling in love."

"I'm going to sketch her picture."

"Not a bit like her."

"Congratulations Colonel—your country gets my invention."

"What a wonderful husband you will make."

"It's time to go home!"

"Check, sir."

"Give it to him."


"Everything is settled—Lampton will deliver the plans tomorrow."

Karloff's chief spy.

· · · Chuck Reisner.

"Unless our government gets the plans, we're ruined—understand?"

"Leave it to me—I never miss!"

"Tell Lampton to come here immediately——very important. Yes—this is Colonel Annesley speaking."

"He said it was very important."

"You had better get a little rest, dear boy, you look tired."

"Here I am, Colonel."

"I don't understand you."

"Didn't you just phone me?"

"Perhaps someone played a joke on you."

"I think I know the detestable sneak."

"Give me the keys to that safe!"


"You crooked BACK-BITER."

"I never bit her back—she fainted!"

"If he ever sets foot in this house again—he dies!"

"He's in the bath room!"

"Arrest that man—for attempted murder!"

"That ain't him—we're after a bird in pajamers."

Fair Exchange is no Robbery.

"Get me to the aviation field—quick!"

"Get up on your box—where you belong."

"I just wanted to see how it feels to ride inside."

"Call, my car, please."

"The rubber wheels—he is gone, please."

"Call me a cab."

Looking for his cab.

"It's a robber attacking the driver—he's after my jewels."

"It was heroic of you—your wonderful leap to the horse's neck saved us from that criminal."

"That was the finest piece of horsemanship I ever witnessed."

"Daddy—you must reward him."

"Would you like a position as my groomer?"

To hide his identity, Worburton changed his name to Goldfish.

Betty Dear:-
Brother Bob writes he loves you, and is masquerading as your groom. Father fears his financial schemes will win us all. My husband Charles should arrive before this letter, to bring him back.



Bob's brother-in-law Charles.

· · · David Butler.

"Charles is searching for his brother-in-law, Bob Worburton, do you know him?"

"No Daddy—he is the only Worburton I've never met!"

"Tell Goldfish I wish to see him in the living room."

"Miss Betty, he like to see you in room where everybody lives!"

"Make yourself at home."

"Your Father is furious—why these clothes?"

"Because I want to be near Betty—the only girl I've ever loved."

"What!—you in love?"

"You seem to know my groom."

"Oh yes—you see—he—used to work for me."

"By what name did you address him, as I came in?"

"You mean—what's his name?"

"His name is Herring."

"Herring Goldfish."

"Goldfish—at dinner tonight, you will act as butler."

"I know nothing about butling."

"Goldy's too modest—he's the best butler I ever had."

'Goldfish' prepares for the dinner party.

"Put dem cookies down."

"When I said—put dem cookies down, I didn' mean down yo' throat."

"A few imitations of famous men——the first will be—Teddy Roosevelt."

"You are employed here as a servant—not as a comedian."

"This mornin', he ordered a big breakfast—said it was for you—then ate it hisself."

"I know I've made a miss of it mess."

"I mean, a mess of it, miss."

"Goldfish—your clumsiness is unforgivable."

"It's no use, Miss—I told you I was not a butler."

"I'll phone the National Agency—they'll send a maid to help you serve, tonight."


Fearing recognition by Lampton——

"I have neuralgia and must be excused tonight."

"May I offer you the services of my butler?"

Suspecting Karloff means mischief, Bob decides to remain—'but not as the butler'.

"Don't send the maid to Annesley's—the party is postponed."

Three Hours Later.

"Oh Chef—this girl is our new maid."

"My daughter needs you upstairs—come with me, please."


Little did Bob realize what was expected of him, as a maid.

"Come in, please."

"What is your name?"


Unknown to Bob, his father and sister arrive from the East.

- - Henry Barrows.
- - Helene Costello.

"What a change from the little Nancy I knew."

"You must remain for the party."

"Is she Mr. Worburton's sister?"

"He tried to elope with a married woman."

"He almost killed the husband."

"The other fellow fired the shot."

"I said—this iron is still hot!"

"Oh what pretty Teddies!"


"I'm sorry Colonel—your note for twenty thousand dollars must be met today."

"—but I'll destroy your note——if you'll give me the plans of the Helicopter—"

"I refuse to betray my country——to save myself."


"Your son shot to kill me."

"He'll go to jail for this!"

"Your son's share from the helicopter is twenty thousand dollars—I'll turn this over to you."

"A match, please."


"I took the maid's place to watch Karloff."

"Pay this to Karloff and get the Colonel's note."

"Are you doing this for Betty's sake?"

"Yes, but she must never know."

"Bob, I'm proud of you."

"This makes me love you more than ever."

"Go with that hussy—I'm through."

"I can't find the safe."

"It's hidden in the book shelf."

"When do I get my money?"

"When you deliver the plans to me."


"Strong men are my weakness."

"Hit hard—you can't hurt me."

"Say girlie—you don't know your own strength."

"Did you get them?"

"Certainly—don't get so excited."

"They're gone!"

"That maid's got 'em."

"This just fell out of the window."

"Give these papers to my father."

"How dare you strike a poor defenseless girl?"

"I'm desperate—I found these plans and I mean to keep them!"

"Does this mean I don't get paid?"

"There's the man who was under my bed."

"Kiss me."


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published in 1925, before the cutoff of January 1, 1928.

The longest-living author of this work died in 1962, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

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