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Cast overview:
Penelope Holloway
Jimmy Travers
Richard Wangermann ...
Marcellus Holloway (as Richard Wangemann)
Mrs. West ...
Mrs. Travers
Katherine Lewis ...
Margery Travers (as Katharine Lewis)
Thomas R. Mills ...
Reginald Rivers
Josephine Earle ...
Mrs. Rivers
Tom Brooke ...
Doctor McIntosh (as Thomas Brooke)


Marcellus Holloway, a rich widower, buries himself among his books and allows his only daughter, Penelope, to bring herself up. At the age of eighteen she was courageous and self-reliant, also self-willed and independent, with a disregard for the restraints of convention. She caused gossip by fishing on Sunday and galloping wildly about on her colt. An old friend, Mrs. Travers, and her son, Jimmy, visit them. Jimmy and Penelope become friendly. Mrs. Travers induces the father to allow Penelope to enter a fashionable boarding school with her daughter. Marjorie. At the school Penelope's behavior is not as dignified as it should be. Her father dies and Penelope refuses to see her friends or return to school. Jimmy finally persuades her to come and make his mother a visit. She goes and at a party in her honor meets Mr. and Mrs. Rivers and enjoys Rivers' company, causing his wife much anger. At the golf club she continues flirting and Jimmy remonstrates with her without success. Mrs. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 January 1917 (USA)  »

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Altogether it is a strong subject
22 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Situations of strength characterize the last third of "Indiscretion," the Vitagraph release for New Year's Day. Lillian Walker is featured in a story of a willful girl's abiding faith in human kind, regardless of warnings by those older and more experienced in the world's ways. Strange as it may sound to some. Miss Walker displays a higher degree of art in situations of stress and of danger than she does when depicting the exuberance of care- free girlhood. The latter by many has been considered her best role: a while ago perhaps it was. William Addison Lathrop has written a good story and Wilfrid North has ably put it mi the screen. Mr. North has surrounded his leading player with a cast comprising Walter McGrail, Grail, Thomas R. Mills. Richard Wangeman, Mrs. West, Josephine Earle, Thomas Brooks and Robert Gaillard. Mr. McGrail portrays the lover and Mr. Mills the husband admired by every woman except his own wife. There is a bit of comedy in the opening scenes. Miss Walker in a not-elaborate one-piece bathing suit establishes her unconventional tendencies by trouncing and pushing into the lake a young man who had attempted to steal her clothes. At another time she pushes into the lake a groom delegated to accompany her on a ride, thereby enabling her to have her own way and be by herself. These and similar incidents go far to create a frame of mind on the part of the spectator that give increased force to the stern situations near the close, the flirtation with the married friend, the unwise automobile ride, the battle behind the locked doors in the hotel. The picture is well acted and well staged; altogether it is a strong subject. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1917

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