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The Man on the Box (1925 film)

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The Man on the Box
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Directed byCharles Reisner
Screenplay byCharles Logue
Based onThe Man on the Box
by Harold MacGrath
StarringSydney Chaplin
David Butler
Alice Calhoun
Cathleen Calhoun
Theodore Lorch
Helene Costello
CinematographyNicholas T. Barrows
Edited byRay Enright
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 11, 1925 (1925-10-11)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$488,000[1]
The full film
The full film

The Man on the Box is a 1925 American comedy film directed by Charles Reisner and written by Charles Logue. It is based on the 1904 novel The Man on the Box by Harold MacGrath. The film stars Sydney Chaplin, David Butler, Alice Calhoun, Cathleen Calhoun, Theodore Lorch, and Helene Costello. The film was released by Warner Bros. on October 11, 1925.[2][3][4]


Bob Warburton, a wealthy young bachelor, falls in love with Betty Annesly and, in order to be close to her, is hired as a gardener by her father, Colonel Annesley. However, the girl discovers the trick of her admirer and, to teach him a lesson, insists that the new gardener serve at the table during an important lunch. Bob refuses the task and so is replaced by Count Karloff's butler who offers, for the occasion, to lend it to the landlord. Bob realizes that Badkoff, the butler, is an enemy agent tasked with stealing secret helicopter plans from Betty's father. Disguised as a waitress, Bob puts a spoke in the wheel of the spy, saving the precious documents. Eventually, he also wins over beautiful Betty, taking her to the altar.


Box office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $425,000 domestically and $63,000 foreign.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 4 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. ^ "The Man on the Box (1925) - Overview". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Janiss Garza. "The Man on the Box (1925) - Charles "Chuck" Riesner". AllMovie. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Man on the Box". Retrieved January 15, 2018.

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