Perfect Flapper (1924)

Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |  
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For quite a few years during the 1920s, Colleen Moore was the perfect flapper personified, and the title to this light comedy cashes in on that. (Of course, Moore eventually became bored with one-dimensional flapper roles and demanded something more serious -- unfortunately the resulting film, So Big, didn't do anywhere near as much box office as her comedies.) Tommie Lou Pember (Moore) doesn't start off as a perfect flapper -- in fact she's anything but. She's a sweet, old-fashioned girl who is quite disappointed because so few friends show up at her costume party. But things liven up when one of the boys pours some illicit hooch into the punch. Dick Trayle, Tommie's brother-in-law (Sidney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin's talented half-brother), innocently shares a few glasses with her and soon they are off in their Romeo and Juliet costumes, playing the balcony scene at the local roadhouse. This causes quite a scandal and infuriates Mrs. Trayle, Tommie's sister (Phyllis Haver). To stop the talk, Tommie suggests that the family lawyer, Reed Andrews (Frank Mayo), pretend to be her sweetheart. Tommie actually is in love with Andrews, and she believes the way to catch him is to behave like a flapper. But Andrews is put off by her frivolous, irreverent behavior and tells her so. Tommie is devastated by his words, but he discovers that she is really the old-fashioned girl we saw at the film's beginning and they are united.

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brother-in-law, cousin, divorce, lawyer, love, misunderstanding, newspaper, photography, reporter, romance, sister, tomboy