Molly of the Follies (1919)

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Margarita Fisher -- who'd dropped the "c" in her last name as part of the "de-Germanization" policies of WWI -- played the title role in the Pathe five-reeler Molly of the Follies. Heroine Molly Malone (Fisher) is a sideshow dancer at a carnival where the star attraction is underwater acrobat Joe Holmquist (Jack Mower), aka "The Human Submarine." Molly falls in love with Joe, only to find herself in competition with her own mother, fortune teller Kate Malone (Lulu Warrenton). The story's finale had a decidedly Houdiniesque quality, with hero Joe nearly coming to grief while trying to extricate himself from a water tank. Molly of the Follies was evocatively lensed on location at Coney Island by the always fascinating Edward Sloman -- and, like most of Sloman's silent efforts, the film has apparently vanished without a trace.

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acrobatics, carnival, dancer, daughter, love-triangle, mother, sideshow, escape