Crinoline and Romance (1923)

Genres - Romance, Comedy Drama  |  
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In this comedy romance, Claude Gillingwater plays a Southern Colonel who has the impossible task of keeping Viola Dana away from the lure of the Jazz Age. Because he disapproved of his daughter's marriage, Colonel Charles Cavanaugh (Gillingwater) takes it out on his granddaughter, Miss Emmy Lou (Dana) by dressing her in the crinolines of yore and keeping her secluded from the modern world. But when Emmy Lou spies a good-looking young man, she bolts from her grandfather's farm and heads for her aunt's place. Not only is the aunt way more up-to-date, she is throwing a party for a group of frivolous young things. It seemingly only takes moments before Emmy Lou has bobbed her hair, slipped on a short skirt and become a flapper (this could only be credible with Dana playing the role). Two of the men there, Davis Jordan (John Bowers) and Augusts Biddle (Allan Forrest), fall for her. When she finds out her grandfather is about to kill himself, Emmy dutifully returns home, followed by Jordan and Biddle. The Colonel welcomes the two young suitors into his home while Emmy Lou decides which one she loves best. When she takes too long to figure it out, Cavanaugh pushes the envelope by setting up a duel between the men. The pistols, it turns out, aren't loaded but Emmy is ignorant of the fact and chooses Jordan, who has behaved more honorably.

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colonel, duel, flapper, granddaughter, grandfather, love-triangle