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INTRODUCTION:
The Show-Off is a comedy about an insufferable braggart who disrupts the lives of a middle-class family. The film is available on video and DVD.


CAST:
Ford Sterling .... Audrey Piper (imdb)
Lois Wilson .... Amy Fisher Piper (imdb)
Louise Brooks .... Clara, Joe's Girl
Gregory Kelly .... Joe Fisher
Claire McDowell .... Mom Fisher
C.W. Goodrich .... Pop Fisher
Joseph W. Smiley .... Railroad Executive

CREDITS:
Studio: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Director: Malcolm St. Clair (imdb)
Producers: Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
Associate Producer: William LeBaron
Writing Credits: Pierre Collings (screenplay), adapted from the stage play by George Kelly
Format: Silent - black & white
Cinematography: Lee Garmes
Film Editing: Ralph Block
Running Time: 7 reels
Release Date: August 16, 1926
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   Moi; Moi... (Belgium); Se chlubit (Czechoslovakia); Moi; Moi... (France)

STORY SYNOPSIS:
Aubrey Piper, a mere clerk at the offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad, poses as an important executive to his sweetheart, Amy Fisher, by blustering, bullying, and showing off continually. Though all the members of her family are contemptuous of Piper, Amy marries him; 3 months later she is fully aware of his faults. To help his son Joe continue work on his invention (a rust-preventing paint), Pop Fisher gives him the money saved for the mortgage and shortly afterward dies of a stroke. Aubrey wins a Ford in a raffle; and while taking it out for a spin, he knocks down a traffic policeman; Joe is forced to pay his fine with the mortgage money. Realizing the tragedy he has brought upon Amy’s family, Aubrey visits the directors of a steel company and by bluffing sells them Joe’s invention. The coup creates a furore in the Fisher household, happy at last that the "show off" has redeemed himself.

 

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