Why Girls Leave Home (1921)

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This picture makes some revealing statements about rearing teens in the 20s -- Mr. Hedder (George Lessey) is so straight-laced and old fashioned that he won't even let his daughter Anna (Anna Q. Nilsson) own an evening gown, believing that nice girls don't own such things! So Anna is given one by a friend who works as a model. Hedder thinks she stole it and goes to Wallace, the store's owner (Claude King). Wallace thinks Anna is running wild, and on his advice, Hedder hits her. As a result, Anna leaves home and moves in with some gold diggers. She discovers that Wallace's own daughter, Madeline (Maurine Powers) is a frequenter of questionable nightclubs. On top of that, the girl is the pawn of Reynolds (Coit Albertson), who is romancing her for business reasons. Anna finds Madeline alone in Reynold's apartment and uses this knowledge to get back at Wallace. Eventually she sends Madeline back home and the two fathers reconcile with their daughters.