Peck's Bad Girl (1918)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |  
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It seems like Goldwyn advertised every picture starring Mabel Normand by crowing that she had returned to the slapstick persona that made her a popular Keystone star. Once again, that's not the case with Peck's Bad Girl, but at least it comes close. Normand plays Minnie Peck, a spunky tomboy whose father (E.M. Favor) lets her run wild. When the town bank won't give him the nine dollars salary owed him for being night watchman, Minnie retaliates by putting a sign in front of the bank saying it is "busted." A riot ensues, and the fire department is called out. But instead of going to reform school, Minnie winds up working as a model for Hortense Martinot (Corinne Marker), a modiste. Minnie, of course, is disastrous as a model, but she does meet and fall in love with Dick (Earle Foxe), who has come to town selling costume jewelry. One night when Minnie goes to the shop, she discovers some men breaking into the bank. Hortense is involved in the robbery too, and Minnie brings the proceedings to a halt. Dick arrives in the midst of all this, and it turns out he is an undercover detective. Minnie is a heroine and receives a proposal of marriage from Dick.

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girl, reformatory, tomboy, modeling, bank-robbery