Filmed independently in Chicago, Cousin Jim was advertised as having a "billion dollar cast." In a sense, this boast was accurate: the cast was comprised entirely of member of Chicago's "Society 400," who participated in the film to raise money for the Red Cross. The story concerns a country bumpkin who arrives in the Windy City hoping to make a name for himself. This he does by actively participating in Red Cross activities. Such Chicago landmarks as the Lincoln Park bridge were brought into play during the spoofish melodramatic climax, in which two Chi-town socialites leap into the river below for the love of the heroine.
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