The Idle Rich (1921 film)

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.[2]

The Idle Rich
The Idle Rich 1922 scene newspaper.jpg
Scene published in a contemporary newspaper
Directed byMaxwell Karger
Written byJune Mathis
Based onShort story "Junk" published in the Saturday Evening Post
by Kenneth Harris
StarringBert Lytell
Virginia Valli
John Davidson
CinematographyArthur Martinelli
Distributed byMetro Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • December 26, 1921 (1921-12-26) (US)[1]
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] 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.



  1. ^ "The Idle Rich". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Idle Rich at
  3. ^ "Reviews: The Idle Rich". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (25): 63. December 17, 1921.

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