Wandering Daughters (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This comedy-drama was just one of dozens made in the early '20s which cautioned against the evils of jazz while showing its wickedness in loving detail (by the middle of the decade, jazz baby Clara Bow made moralizing films like this one seem ridiculous). As Bessie Bowden, Marguerite de la Motte starts off as a nice, old-fashioned young lady. The equally nice, old-fashioned John Hargraves (Pat O'Malley) proposes to her and she accepts. But then Bessie becomes infatuated with jazz hound Austin Trull (Allan Forrest), and overnight she becomes a frivolous flapper. Hargraves, to his dismay, can't seem to get her attention. Bessie's father (William V. Mong) modernizes the family home and tries to keep up with Bessie's new pals in an attempt to keep his daughter around, and he encourages Hargraves to do the same. But Bessie only wakes up when she becomes the subject of a very risqué portrait. Realizing that she is at risk of losing her good name, she returns to Hargraves and respectability. Early silent comedienne Alice Howell adds comic relief as the family maid.



city-life, dance [art], daughter, escape, flapper, lecher, modeling