Madcap Madge (1917)

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This was the screen debut of Mrs. Jack Pickford, otherwise known as ex-Follies star Olive Thomas. The rambunctious Madge Flower (Thomas) is such a prankster that principal Letitia Jane Adams (Gertrude Claire) tosses her out of boarding school. So Madge heads for Palm Beach, where her socially ambitious mother (Aggie Herring) and marriage-minded sister Julia (Dorcas Matthews) are vacationing. They force her to dress up like a fourteen-year-old (in those days that meant short dresses and curls) so that Julia won't have any competition for men. There is an Earl traveling incognito, and in her frantic search Julia believes she has found him in Charles Lunkin (Jack Livingston). Charles turns out to be a mere businessman, but Julia gets engaged to him anyway, which is just as well because the real Earl is a lecherous old man (J. Barney Sherry). Meanwhile, Mr. Flower's most powerful creditor, Earl Denham (Charles Gunn) has seen through Madge's childish outfits and married her. Thomas was to have but a three-year career as a film star -- she died in Paris in 1920 under mysterious circumstances.