Molly O' (1921)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |  
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This comedy-drama marked Mabel Normand's return to producer Mack Sennett after making a number of mediocre films for Samuel Goldwyn. Normand plays one of her typical Cinderella turns, a lower-class Irish girl, Molly, whose father, Tim O'Dair (George Nichols) is a ditch digger. Molly is supposed to be engaged to plumber Jim Smith (Eddie Gribbin, in a particularly ludicrous haircut), but when she sees a newspaper photo of a handsome doctor, John Bryant (Jack Mulhall), she knows he's the man for her. Unfortunately, the doctor is already engaged, but Molly fixes that when she shows up at a charity ball and is mistaken for Bryant's fiancee. O'Dair, who thinks the doctor is using her, throws her out of the house when she comes home late, but Bryant marries her and proves him wrong. This film was originally scheduled for release on October 9, 1921, but it was pushed back a couple of months because of the scandal involving Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle -- Virginia Rap! pe, a minor actress, died shortly after a Labor Day party that he threw and he was accused (falsely) of her murder. One of the parties attendees, Lowell Sherman, had a prominent role as a villain in Molly O, and Sennett wanted the heat to die down a bit before bringing the picture out. Nevertheless, the producer removed Sherman's name from the screen credits (although he's still listed in the Motion Picture News synopsis). Sennett would have even more trouble on his hands a few months later. While Normand was making Suzanna, director William Desmond Taylor was mysteriously murdered. Normand was the last person to see him alive -- except for the killer -- and her innocent but unfortunate association did a lot of damage to her career.

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blue-collar, class [social], doctor, fiancee, misunderstanding, social-climber