Flying Pat (1920)

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Legendary producer-director F. Richard Jones, whose expertise kept the Mack Sennett and Hal Roach comedy factories afloat during the 1920s, helmed the 1920 comedy Flying Pat. The ever-delightful Dorothy Gish stars as a newlywed who, after several months in Paris, considers herself a modern sophisticate. Accordingly, the new wife and her husband (James Rennie) disdain bourgeois normality: in fact, the woman is possessed by the radical notion that the wife should be the breadwinner in the household! Her poor husband isn't prepared for her choice of profession: undergoing a hilariously grueling training program, she becomes a daring aviator (and this was before the emergence of Amelia Erhardt). In the film's funniest moment, the plucky wife is strapped into a cockpit chair, rotated several times and turned upside down. According to Dorothy's sister Lillian Gish, that look of confusion and nausea on Our Heroine's countenance was not acting.

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aviation, husband-and-wife, newlywed