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Riley the Cop
Director: John Ford (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Nov 1928
Duration (in mins):   60
Duration (in feet):   6,132
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Farrell MacDonald (James Riley)  
    Louise Fazenda (Lena Krausmeyer)  
    Nancy Drexel (Mary Coronelli)  
    David Rollins (Joe Smith)  
    Harry Schultz (Hans Krausmeyer)  
    Mildred Boyd (Caroline)  
    Ferdinand Schumann-Heink (Julius Kuchendorf)  
    Del Henderson (Judge Coronelli)  
    Mike Donlin (Crook)  
    Russell Powell (Mr. Kuchendorf)  
    Tom Wilson (Sergeant)  
    Billy Bevan (Paris cabman)  
    Otto Fries (Munich cabman)  

Summary: Joe Smith, an ordinary lad who works at the town bakery, becomes engaged to wealthy Mary Coronelli, and her snobbish aunt takes her to Europe to break up the affair. Using his own hard-earned savings, Joe goes after her, and is unjustly accused of embezzlement when the bakery funds are discovered missing. Riley the cop, a lifelong flatfoot well-liked by all, goes in pursuit of Joe; while in Europe, Riley falls in love with a German flapper in a beer garden, only to discover that she is the sister of Krausmeyer, the adjoining beat cop and Riley's nemesis. Riley brings Joe back to the United States, and he is proven innocent. All ends well. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: John Ford (Dir)
  Phil Ford (Asst dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Fred Stanley (Story and cont)
  James Gruen (Story and cont)
Photography: Charles [G.] Clarke (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Alex Troffey (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp. 19/12/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25842

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Sd eff and mus score by Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si; 5,993 ft.

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Aunts
  Bakers and bakeries
  German Americans
  Irish Americans
  Munich (Germany)
  Paris (France)
  Snobs and snobbishness


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   9 Dec 1928.   
New York Times   4 Dec 1928   p. 29.
Variety   5 Dec 1928   p. 19.

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