Prodigal Daughters (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Part of this romantic comedy was shot in a palatial Beverly Hills mansion, which happened to belong to the film's star, Gloria Swanson. Swanson plays a flapper, Swifty Forbes, who along with her sister, Marjory (Vera Reynolds), lead wild lives, much to the chagrin of their wealthy parents (Theodore Roberts and Louise Dresser). Keep in mind that the 1923 version of "wild" was much tamer than it is today -- at one point Mr. Forbes blows his top because Swifty prefers to play golf on Sunday instead of going to church. Finally, the girls move out on their own and Swifty finds a flat in Bohemian Greenwich Village. Marjory, meanwhile, weds a jazz songwriter who eventually dumps her. Because her father has cut off her income, Swifty has to go to work at a department store and is reduced to fending off the advances of her manager. Ultimately she returns home wiser, but not necessarily sadder -- she has handsome Roger Corbin (Ralph Graves) waiting for her. Playing a bit part as a newsboy is future director/producer Mervyn LeRoy, who, eight years later, would direct a Swanson talkie, Tonight or Never.

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daughter, disinheritance, flapper, generation-gap, millionaire