Youthful Folly (1920)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Beautiful ex-Follies girl Olive Thomas both wrote the story for and starred in this drama. She would die mysteriously in Paris only a few months after the film's release. Nancy Sherwin (Thomas) leads a dull life on a plantation with her Aunt Martha (Florida Kinglsey) and Aunt Jenny (Eugenie Woodward). Her life perks up, however, with the appearance of her cousin, Lola (Helen Gill), who is visiting from New York. What Nancy doesn't know is that Lola is escaping a scandal she created by carrying on with David Montgomery (Crawford Kent), even though she is married to Jonathan Ainsley (Harry Truesdale). Montgomery comes South looking for her, and Nancy immediately becomes infatuated with him. Lola sees an opportunity: if Montgomery marries Nancy, it will distract attention from herself. The aunts want Nancy off their hands, so Nancy and Montgomery head for the altar. The worldly husband and naïve, innocent wife make for an odd couple, and when his ward, Jimsy Blake (Hugh Huntley), shows up, an innocent friendship springs up between him and Nancy. Montgomery, meanwhile, has continued his flirtation with Lola, who is still afraid of losing him. She convinces Nancy that he did not marry her for love, and Nancy is heartbroken. Lola's husband, meanwhile, is mad with jealousy and he comes down to shoot Montgomery. Nancy leaps in front of her husband and takes the shot. She is seriously wounded and while she is recuperating, she and Montgomery reconcile.