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One a Minute

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One a Minute
Film still
Directed byJack Nelson
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Screenplay byFrederick J. Jackson
Joseph F. Poland
StarringDouglas MacLean
Marian De Beck
Victor Potel
Frances Raymond
Andrew Robson
Graham Pettie
CinematographyBert Cann
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 19, 1921 (1921-06-19)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

One a Minute is a 1921 American comedy silent film directed by Jack Nelson and written by Frederick J. Jackson and Joseph F. Poland. The film stars Douglas MacLean, Marian De Beck, Victor Potel, Frances Raymond, Andrew Robson, and Graham Pettie. The film was released on June 19, 1921, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] college graduate Jimmy Knight (MacLean) returns to the small town of his birth where he takes over his deceased father's drug store and combats a trust's drug store that has eclipsed the older institution in the public's favor. He falls in love with Miriam (De Beck), daughter of Silas P. Rogers (Robson), the magnate controlling the trust, and fights against elimination to win her plaudits. As a desperate means of fighting the competition he places on sale a harmless concoction he calls "Knight's 99", representing it as his father's secret formula that cures all disease. Townspeople try the ointment and it cures every ailment. Jimmy becomes rich overnight and wins the girl's hand when her father cannot buy the formula. At the end it is disclosed that the fifth ingredient of the Knight's 99 responsible for the curative powers, which Rogers could not discover, is faith.



  1. ^ "One a Minute". Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Janiss Garza (2016). "One-a-Minute - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Reviews: One a Minute". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 12 (25): 69. June 18, 1921.

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