Cast overview:
Patricia Van Nuys
James Rennie ...
Robert Van Nuys
William Endicott
William Black ...
Porter Strong ...
Tom Blake ...
Kate Bruce ...
Old Lady
Miss Waters ...


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Release Date:

11 November 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'envolĂ©e  »

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The shorts Fire Bugs (1921), a Burton Holmes travelogue, and a short documentary called 'Fighters of the Farrolones' played ahead of this film during some of its initial screenings. See more »

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Flying Pat (1920) - May Not Be Lost ?
19 September 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Flapper Patricia Van Nuys ( Dorothy Gish ) becomes "flying Pat" when she follows in the path of her aviator husband Robert ( James Rennie ) and decides to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic by plane. Captain William Endicott ( Morgan Wallace ), an ace pilot and a friend of Robert, offers to teach her to fly. One day, while practising, their plane takes a nose dive and crashes, but luckily the fliers emerge unscathed, taking refuge in a roadhouse. Subsequently, Pat's husband becomes so outraged at his wife's intimacy with Endicott that Pat, indignant at his reaction, resolves to become independent. That night she slips away and boards a train for distant parts. Endicott also boards the train and when they are seen by a reporter for a gossip sheet, Robert reads of his wife's exploits in the daily newspaper. Meanwhile, Pat has stolen home penitently. Disguised as a cook in her own kitchen, she eludes detection until Endicott comes to the house just as Robert starts gunning for him. After a series of comic incidents, matters are explained and Pat and Robert reconcile.

This 1920 silent comedy was produced by the New Art Film Company, starring Dorothy Gish and her then husband James Rennie. One source on silent films lists it as a lost film and another source says the film is preserved in the Cinémathèque Française. For fans of Dorothy Gish and silent cinema, hopefully a copy surfaces for public viewing and a proper review.

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