Rowdy Ann (1919)

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While she isn't as well known as Mabel Normand, Fay Tincher took off where the former left off. Like Normand, Tincher played tomboys, most often in cowgirl gear. In this "Special" from the Christie Company (although largely forgotten today, the firm was a big producer of comedies), Tincher plays up her skills as both a comedienne and an athlete. Ann (Tincher) tries to keep her father out of the town saloon by getting him interested in shooting and using a lariat -- she, of course, is an expert at both. Her father is not thrilled with her antics and wishes she would become a lady. Finally, when he sees her knocking out the local bad guy, he's had enough. Ann is hustled off to an Eastern ladies' seminary to learn how to behave properly. It's easy to guess that the seminary fails miserably at its task, but there are a lot of entertaining moments along the way. One of the most amusing concerns the dance lessons during which Ann insists on wearing her gun and cowboy boots along with a wispy classical dance costume.