Daughters of Today (1924)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Like many other pictures in the 1920s, Daughters of Today depicted the dangers that could befall those who led a jazz lifestyle -- in graphic detail, of course, which only served to make jazz all the more appealing. Edna Murphy stars as Mabel Vandergrift, a country girl who convinces her old-fashioned parents (George Nichols and Gertrude Claire) that she should attend a fashionable college in the city. There she falls in with a jazz crowd led by Lois Whittall (Patsy Ruth Miller), a motherless rich girl whose father (Phillips Smalley) has his own jazzy sweetheart. In spite of the wild parties she attends, which feature such activities as strip poker and revelers running around in their underwear, Mabel is really a good girl. When Reggy Adams (Philo McCullough) tries to force himself on her, she rebuffs him. But then Adams is found dead and Mabel is accused of his murder. Her friends try to protect her old ma from discovering the trouble she is in, and eventually her name is cleared. The film ends with Mabel, like all good country girls, returning home to marry her country sweetheart, Peter Farnham (Edward Hearn).

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killing, city, college, country-boy, country-girl, death, false-accusation, friendship, investigation, murder, obnoxious, party