Jackie (1921)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Even this early in his career, director John Ford (going by Jack Ford at the time) was known for Westerns and other manly pictures (his credits included a series of films with Western star Harry Carey). So it's a surprise to see him credited with this film, starring the dainty Shirley Mason as a Russian dancer. Mason, as Jackie, is part of a dance troupe managed by Bill Bowman (a villainous Harry Carter), but she runs away when he makes a pass at her. She finds her savior in a rich young American, Mervyn Carter (William Scott), who funds her lessons with a famous teacher. But when Jackie makes her debut, the hated Bowman shows up and tries to force her to come back to him. She gives him money, which is not enough for him, so Carter gives him a sound thrashing and sends him on his way.