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Frances Marion (screenplay)
Frances Marion (story)
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Release Date:
10 May 1920 (USA) See more »
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Delightful 1920's Chick Flick Starring the forgotten Olive Thomas See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Olive Thomas ... Genevieve King
Theodore Westman Jr. ... Bill Forbes
William P. Carleton ... Richard Chenning (as W.P. Carleton)
Warren Cook ... Sen. King - Ginger's Father
Katherine Johnston ... Hortense
Arthur Housman ... Tom Morran - The Eel
Louise Lindroth ... Elmina Buttons (as Frances Marshall)
Marcia Harris ... Mrs. Paddles
Charles Craig ... Rev. Cushil
Bobby Connelly ... King Jr
Maurice Steuart ... Schoolboy (as Maury Stewart Jr.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleene Bergman ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Barbara Butler ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Mildred Cheshire ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Russell Hewitt ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Dorothy Kent ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Eileen Percy ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Athole Shearer ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Norma Shearer ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Crosland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frances Marion  screenplay
Frances Marion  story

Cinematography by
John W. Brown 
Other crew
Myron Selznick .... presenter

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88 min (DVD version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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A then-unknown Norma Shearer has an uncredited bit part in this film.See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Delightful 1920's Chick Flick Starring the forgotten Olive Thomas, 17 July 2009
Author: broadway_melody_girl from United States

I believe that all 3 of the comments for The Flapper were written by men, who didn't rate it very high. This movie was obviously made to appeal to the women, or more appropriately girls, of the day. I'm a girl and I rate it very high. The Flapper is an adorable movie about a teenage schoolgirl, Ginger King (Olive Thomas), who dreams of lovers and jazz cabarets, wanting to escape her mundane life at boarding school and ride off into the sunset with the handsome older man all the schoolgirls are in love with, Richard Channing (William P. Carleton). She fools Channing into thinking she's 20, and he takes her to a country club, but her "romantic night" is ruined when the bad girl (though she looks to be 40!) at school, Hortense, gets in her way. Throughout the rest of the film, Ginger pursues her dreams and visits 1920's nightclubs, wears glamorous clothes, but finds that being a flapper is not easy when she gets involved in a mysterious jewel heist and more! The Flapper is all fluff, but so cute! Olive Thomas shows a definite comedic flair in this movie, and it's so sad that she didn't get to go on with her career. The Flapper is a treasure, not just because of it's one of Olive Thomas' few surviving movies, but because it's a good, solid silent comedy that any silent film fan should see (whether you like chick flicks or not).

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