Up and at 'Em

Up and at 'Em is a 1922 American comedy romance silent film directed by William A. Seiter, written by Eve Unsell with a story by Lewis Milestone and William A. Seiter, and starring Doris May, Hallam Cooley, and J. Herbert Frank.[1][2][3]

Up and at 'Em
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
Written byEve Unsell
Story byWilliam A. Seiter
Lewis Milestone
StarringDoris May
Hallam Cooley
J. Herbert Frank
CinematographyJoseph A. Du Bray
Distributed byFilm Booking Offices of America (FBO)
Release date
  • August 16, 1922 (1922-08-16.)
Running time
50 minutes
5 reels, 4580 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish intertitles

The film had theatrical release August 16, 1922. It is unknown if any copies of this film survive.[1]


Wishing to drive her father's car, Barbara Jackson (Doris May) dresses up in the chauffeur's uniform and sneaks out. For a lark, she picks up a passenger (John Gough), but it develops that passenger is part of a team of crooks who are planning to rob Bob Everett (Hallam Cooley), a rival of her father, of his precious artworks. Believing her to be an undercover detective, the bandit forces her to take part in the robbery and then abandons her to be caught by Everett. After convincing Everett that she was a forced accomplice and not the real thief, the two hurry to meet up with Barbara's father, William Jackson (Otis Harlan). He had just purchased one of the paintings from an art dealer (Harry Carter), and the dealer had left moments before Barbara and Everett arrive. As the two explain the deception, William informs him that he became suspicious when recognizing the painting as one owned by Everett and that he had the dealer held at the front gate. The police arrive and round up the crooks.



After having directed films for the U.S. Signal Corps during World War I, Lewis Milestone traveled to California to work in the film industry. Collaborating with director William A. Seiter on the script, Up and at 'Em marks his first Hollywood screenplay.[4]

The film also marks the first screen role for actor Eddie Quillan.[5] When he and his four siblings were touring California as part of the Vaudeville Orpheum Circuit, his father had submitted the 5 children for auditions at Keystone Studios. After viewing the audition footage, Mack Sennett was so impressed with that of Eddie, that he hired detectives to track down the traveling family. Eddie Quillan was signed to contract in 1922, and Up and at 'Em was his very first film.[5]


  1. "Up and at 'em". silentera.com. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  2. Motion picture, Volume 24. Macfadden-Bartell. 1922. pp. 124, 256.
  3. Jon Tuska (1976). Close up: the contract director. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 0-8108-0961-3. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  4. Adam Reilly (1977). Harold Lloyd: the king of daredevil comedy. Macmillan. p. 222. ISBN 0-02-601940-X. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  5. New England Vintage Film Society, Inc. (2010). Playbills to Photoplays. Xlibris Corporation. p. 224. ISBN 1-4535-8773-X. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
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