Cast & Crew
When Sunny Wiggins brings derelicts home, feeds them, gives them a place to sleep and bathes them, his wealthy, incredulous father throws him out. Unperturbed, Sunny takes up residence in a flophouse and teaches the men there how to laugh. Hearing of Sunny's success, a doctor asks him to cure his old, millionaire patient, Jonathon Pepper, of chronic grouchiness. The task is too great even for Sunny, but while staying with Jonathon, he falls in love with his daughter and uncovers a plot to abduct the old man. When the kidnappers arrive, Sunny fights them off, but is shot in the head during the struggle. Then, when Jonathon sees his wounded guest, he laughs for the first time in years. After Sunny recovers, he becomes Jonathon's partner, marries his daughter and is finally welcomed back by his father.
In the skid row section, director Allan Dwan used real indigents who did not respond correctly to actor Douglas Fairbanks' attempts to make them laugh. Fairbanks thus told extremely off-color stories, which finally got the desired response. When the film was initially released, complaints from lip-readers caused new shots of Fairbanks to be made to replace the profane close-ups.