Cast & Crew
At the insistence of his shrewish wife, Mr. Pipp, a good-natured, nouveau riche steel magnate, moves his family from Pittsburgh to New York's Fifth Avenue. There Pipp's elder daughter falls in love with Fitzgerald, a riding master, who is actually Lord Fitzmaurice, and his younger daughter falls in love with John Willing, Pipp's protégé. Hoping to gain their entrance into high society, Mrs. Pipp hires Charmarot, a bogus count, to teach the girls French. As the family leaves for Europe, Pipp gives Charmarot a check for $75, which he changes to read $75,000 and quickly cashes. Learning of the deception, Willing cables Pipp, who hires Pinkerton, a detective, to find the money. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald follows the Pipps to London where they are the guests of Lady Violet Fitzmaurice, his mother, and persuades the servants to keep his true identity a secret. After a series of comic misadventures, Charmarot and his accomplices are apprehended in Paris by Pinkerton, the daughters are happily reunited with their boyfriends, and a remorseful Mrs. Pipp begs her husband to take her back to Pittsburgh.
H. D. Blakemore
William A. Evans
Digby Bell recreated the role of Mr. Pipp from the New York stage version of the play. The play was inspired by the Charles Dana Gibson cartoons that appeared in Life.