Our Leading Citizen (1922) - Rotten Tomatoes

Our Leading Citizen (1922)





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This lighthearted political satire marked the first time humorist George Ade wrote a story directly for the screen. The casting of Thomas Meighan and Lois Wilson as the two leads was impeccable. "Lazy Dan" Bentley (Meighan) may be a lawyer by profession, but all things considered, he'd rather be fishing with his friend Cale Higginson (Guy Oliver). Bentley, however, returned a hero from the European War (known by later generations as World War I) and Oglesby Fendle (William P. Carleton), the brother of his fiancée, Katherine (Wilson), talks him into running for Congress. But when Dan realizes that he's supposed to be bought off by certain politicians and special interests, he balks. Instead he becomes determined to win the nomination without the help of the corrupt backers. He creates an unusual campaign, resists Higginson's tempting invitations to go fishing -- and wins the race. He also wins the admiration of Katherine and his future brother-in-law. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Theodore Roberts
as Col, Sam De Mott, a Politician
Lois Wilson
as Katherine Fendle, His Fiancee
Laurence Wheat
as J Sylvester Dubley, a Law Student
James Neill
as Honorable Cyrus Blogdon, Congressman
Charles Ogle
as The Judge
William P. Carleton
as Oglesby Fendle, a Capitalist
Thomas Meighan
as Thomas Bentley, Lawyer
Ethel Wales
as Eudora Mawdle
Sylvia Ashton
as Mrs. Braxey
Guy Oliver
as Cate Higginson, Dan's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Our Leading Citizen

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Our Leading Citizen is enjoyable, but one imagines if Mr. Ade had been permitted to write a two-reel instead of a five-reel scenario it would have been more so.

November 15, 2019 | Full Review…

I sincerely trust that Messrs. Ade and Meighan will continue to collaborate. In spite of the fact that most movies are produced in this country, there are all too few genuine American pictures.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

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