Her Honor the Mayor (1920)

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Women had just won the right to vote when this picture -- based on the successful Broadway play by Arline Van Ness-Hines -- came out. But while the plot was timely; its execution and casting left much to be desired. A Eileen Percy was wrong for the role of Julia Kennedy, the young woman who is elected mayor of a mid-sized Midwestern town out of respect for her dead father. She sets a pair of horn-rimmed glasses on her pretty nose and determines to clean up the town's politics and politicians, starting with the crooked Jerry McGrath (Charles Force). McGrath intends to keep his power and threatens Julia's adopted brother, Buddy Martin (William Fletcher, who, in spite of his small stature, looked far older than the teen he was supposed to portray). But Julia and her district attorney boyfriend, Frank Stanton (Ramsey Wallace) dig up some scandals out of McGrath's past and manage to halt his efforts. When Julia is asked to run for governor, like any typical girl of her day, she defers to her sweetheart, preferring the title of Mrs. Governor. The picture, supposedly a comedy-drama, veered from heavy dramatics to burlesque comedy and failed at both.