Madcap Betty (1915)

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British musical-comedy favorite Elsie Janis, whose tireless barnstorming during the WWI years earned her the soubriquet "The Sweetheart of the AEF," was aptly cast in the title role of Madcap Betty. Janis also wrote the film's screenplay, which deals with the misadventures of a convent-bred girl during her first foray into the Real World. Betty's boyfriend Jim Denning (Jim Denning) stands by in bemused silence as Betty's behavior alternately elicits hilarity and embarrassment. But in the end, Betty assumes a less zany pose to win back Jim from a beautiful rival. It was a great misfortune that talking pictures had not been perfected in 1915, robbing movie audiences of the opportunity to hear Elsie Janis' splendid singing voice and gift for mimicry.

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embarrassment, fish-out-of-water, girl, love-triangle