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Lucky Carson is a 1921 American silent drama film[2] directed by Wilfrid North. It features Earle Williams,[2] Earl Schenck, Betty Ross Clarke, Gertrude Astor, Collette Forbes, James Butler, and Loyal Underwood in the lead roles.

Lucky Carson
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Directed byWilfrid North[1]
Written byBradley J. Smollen
Based onnovel Salvage
by Aquila Kempster[1]
Distributed byVitagraph Company of America
Release date
  • December 18, 1921 (1921-12-18) (United States)
Running time
5 reels[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] down and out John Peters (Williams) is about to jump into the Thames River, having lost a fortune he made at the race track. He changes his mind, however, and in an altercation with Rudolph Kluck (Schenck) strikes that gentleman down, loads him into a passing cab, and changes clothes with him. With the money he found on Kluck, he goes to the United States, taking on the name David Carson, and while passing through Madison Square accosts an out of work jockey sitting on a bench. The latter gives him a tip on the races and they become fast friends. Carson also plunges into Wall Street and corners the market in cotton. He saves Doris Bancroft (Clarke) from drowning and falls in love with her. Kluck again crosses his path and Carson gives him some tips on the stock market to atone for robbing him in London. Kluck has an affair with Russian writer Madame Marinoff (Astor) and asks Carson to shield him and secure a packet of letters that the Russian holds. Doris misinterprets Carson's interest in the Russian, but there is a happy ending when she learns the truth.


Preservation statusEdit

Lucky Carson is considered to be a lost film.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. America: University of California Press. p. 466. ISBN 9780520209695. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Earle Williams". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Reviews: Lucky Carson". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (26): 140. December 24, 1921.
  4. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Lucky Carson

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