Angel Child (1918)

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Glory Moore (Kathleen Clifford) is a mischievous teen whose father (Leslie T. Peacocke) worships her but whose pranks get on the nerves of her prim mother (Rita Harlan). Mom sends the girl off to boarding school, where she continues to cause trouble. When the headmistress locks her up, she escapes with the help of her friend Richard (Fred Church) and reappears back home in blackface, disguised as a maid (in 1918 this kind of humor was not considered racist). Her father, it turns out, is concerned about the loss of an important letter. Glory, by chance, had taken it to wrap up some candy she took to the boarding school; from there it fell into the hands of a girl whose father is the rival of Glory's father. With Richard's help she goes to the rival's home and gets the letter back. Then Richard proposes marriage (although Glory's childish behavior certainly doesn't indicate she's ready to settle down anytime soon), and she accepts. Kathleen Clifford's hoydenish character was out of date for anyone except perhaps Mabel Normand, and just about everybody in this picture overacted.

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