Patsy (1921)

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This comedy, which was based on a stage play, got high marks from Moving Picture World, but would undoubtedly not be welcomed today -- "Among the amusing features," notes the trade paper, "is an amateur circus and the formation of a miniature Ku Klux Klan." The street urchins who are busy playing miniature Klansmen are found by Patsy, a tomboy (ZaSu Pitts who, even though she was in her early twenties, somehow manages to play a credible young adolescent). Dressed as a boy, Patsy ran away from an orphanage and has been traveling around the country. The kids initiate her into their gang and eventually she takes over as their leader. Patsy also finds an adult supporter in Pops, an inventor (John McFarlane). Swindlers are trying to trick Pops out of his land, but Patsy comes to his aid, along with reuniting him with his long-lost daughter, Margaret (Marjorie Daw).

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benefactor, boy, conspiracy, daughter, gangster, orphan, scientist