Buster plays Bertie Van Alstyne, the simple son of Nicholas Van Alstyne, the imposing Wall Street titan nicknamed “The Old Nick of The Street.” Bertie is a gentle dope who accidentally saves his father’s fortune from the designs of his ne’er-do-well brother-in-law. The story is a pat melodrama of scandalous affairs, a broken engagement, high stakes financial trading and the absurdly wealthy but irrepressibly likable hero—Buster. And although the film handsomely mounted, well shot and features some very beautiful title cards, Keaton’s performance is assuredly the best thing about it. The film is pleasantly diverting but Buster plays Bertie with such a genteel passivity, it’s hard not to become captivated by his character’s emptiness. It’s a screen style unusually restrained for the era, like all things Keaton, decades ahead of its time.
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