String Beans (film)

String Beans is a 1918 American silent comedy film directed by Victor Schertzinger, written by Julien Josephson, and starring Charles Ray, Jane Novak, J. P. Lockney, Donald MacDonald, Al W. Filson, and Otto Hoffman. It was released on December 29, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

String Beans
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Directed byVictor Schertzinger
Screenplay byJulien Josephson
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringCharles Ray
Jane Novak
J. P. Lockney
Donald MacDonald
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Edited byW. Duncan Mansfield
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 29, 1918 (1918-12-29)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Toby Watkins (Ray) is a farmhand who writes poetry for the local paper, the Sabert Weekly Clarion, much to his uncle's disgust. Following a quarrel in which he beats his uncle, he is ordered away from home. He gets a position at the paper as a bill collector and is soon elevated to the foreman of the composing room. Kendall Reeves (MacDonald), a crook, comes to town and plans to mulct the populace by starting a canning factory. A tramp printer recognizes Reeves as a former jailbird and makes him agree to split with him. Toby overhears the plot and when Bartrum (Lockney), the editor, becomes too ill to speak in opposition to the scheme, Toby agrees to take his place. On the platform, however, Toby loses his nerve and beats an ignominious retreat in the middle of his address. Reeves later attempts to force the mayor, Lot Morris (Filson), to give him $5000 on account at the point of a revolver. The daughter Jean (Novak) calls up Toby who then arrives in time to save the mayor and capture the crook. He also wins the hand of the mayor's daughter.



  1. ^ Janiss Garza (2016). "String-Beans - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ "String Beans". AFI. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Reviews: String Beans". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (24): 35. December 7, 1918.

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