In 1920s jargon, a "flapper" was a footloose young lady who, in keeping with a current fad, wore open-laced boots that flapped as she walked. The word became a generic catchphrase, referring to any jazz-age female with a thirst for excitement. The Flapper stars Olive Thomas as Ginger King, a capricious senator's daughter who gets into all sorts of trouble. It's all innocent fun, of course, but for a while poor Ginger is suspected of being as "loose" as the boots she wears. The film represented one of the last feature-film appearances by Olive Thomas, who soon died under questionable circumstances; on a happier note, it represents the first screen appearance by a young, fresh-faced extra named Norma Shearer.
by Hal Erickson synopsis