Wings of Youth (1925)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Fox production was only one of a seemingly endless stream of flapper pictures that came out during the 1920s. In this one, the mother out-flappers her daughters. Katherine Manners (Ethel Clayton) has three daughters who are away at boarding school. She doesn't quite believe that they are the studious girls they claim to be, so she pays them a visit and discovers a wild party going on. Betty (Marian Harlan) and Madelyne (Madge Bellamy) swear they are going to marry their sweethearts, Jimmie (George Stewart) and Lucien (Freeman Wood), while Gwendolyn (Katherine Perry) insists that Grantland Dobbs (Douglas Gerrard) will wed her -- just as soon as he gets a divorce. Mrs. Manners urges them to wait for a little longer, and she goes off on a cruise to Europe. She comes back with a man in tow and acting far more outrageously than any of her daughters. Her behavior makes her notorious, and she even steals Lucien away from Madelyne -- Jimmie, however, proves to be true to Betty. The girls are completely disgusted with their mother and tell her so. Only then does she reveal that it was all an act to show them the error of their ways. Madelyne and Betty tone down their wild ways. Gwendolyn is not so impressed, but eventually she comes around, too.

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behavior [human], daughter, flapper, mother, vacation