The House of Youth (1924)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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When the jazz era of the 1920s was in full swing, it seemed like every week several new pictures about the scandalous behavior of "modern youth" appeared. This one had a spectacular beginning: Corinna Endicott (Jacqueline Logan) and her escort, Spike Blaine (Malcolm McGregor) are so anxious to get to the country club dance that Blaine drives his car right through the building's plate glass windows and onto the dance floor. He agrees to park his vehicle elsewhere only after every young lovely in the place has given him a kiss. Corinna should know better than to behave so wildly; she was raised properly by well-to-do parents (as was nearly every other film flapper). So when she runs into Rhodes Winston (Vernon Steele), who she knew in France, she decides to do right by her station and settle down. Not long after the couple becomes engaged, Mitch Hardy, a married man (Richard Travers), convinces Corinna to accompany him to a road house. The joint is raided and both of them are arrested and fined. The scandal hits the papers and Winston drops Corinna like a hot potato. Blaine offers to marry her, but she turns him down. They stick together, however, and open a "Fresh Air Farm" for poor kids and learn the true meaning of life. Winston decides he still wants to marry Corinna, but she turns down his proposal and finally accepts Blaine.

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car, English [nationality], farming, flapper, girl, house, invasion, morale, newspaper, reputation, slums, writing, youth