|The Idle Rich|
|Directed by||Maxwell Karger|
|Written by||June Mathis|
|Based on||Short story "Junk" published in the Saturday Evening Post|
by Kenneth Harris
|Distributed by||Metro Pictures Corporation|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Idle Rich is a 1921 American silent comedy film directed by Maxwell Karger. The film stars Bert Lytell, Virginia Valli, and John Davidson. It was released on December 26, 1921 by Metro Pictures. It is not known whether this film survives.
As described in a film magazine, Samuel Weatherbee (Lytell), a wealthy young man, is told by his sweetheart Mattie Walling (Valli) that his money is a liability instead of an asset. She favors Dillingham Coolidge, a poorer but industrious young man. However, when Sam's fortune is swept away by the suicide of his executor, he is cut off by his society friends and leaves San Francisco for a small property in San Diego that was left to him by an aunt. He finds the place filled with old and useless things, but conceives the idea of transferring them into cash by advertising a barter and exchange emporium. Soon he needs larger quarters and leases a valuable property in town from a former friend. Then, after his business grows and they want to get him out of the neighborhood, he makes them pay dearly for ending his lease. Eventually he wins back his sweetheart Mattie and his place in society.
- Bert Lytell as Samuel Weatherbee
- Virginia Valli as Mattie Walling
- John Davidson as Dillingham Coolidge
- Joseph Harrington as Judge O'Reilly
- Thomas Jefferson as Uncle Coolidge
- Victory Bateman as Mrs. O'Reilly
- Leigh Wyant as Jane Coolidge
- Max Davidson as the Tailor
- "The Idle Rich". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Idle Rich at silentera.com
- "Reviews: The Idle Rich". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (25): 63. December 17, 1921.
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