Youthful Folly (1920)

Nancy is a restless young girl tired of living on a plantation with her three old-maid aunts. Her life brightens when her cousin Lola comes visiting from New York. What she doesn't know is ... See full summary »


Alan Crosland


John Lynch (scenario), Olive Thomas (story)




Cast overview:
Olive Thomas ... Nancy Sherwin
Crauford Kent ... David Montgomery
Helen Gill Helen Gill ... Lola Ainsley
Hugh Huntley Hugh Huntley ... Jimsy Blake
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Reverend Bluebottle
Howard Truesdale ... Jonathan Ainsley (as Harry Truesdale)
Florida Kingsley Florida Kingsley ... Aunt Martha
Eugenie Woodward Eugenie Woodward ... Aunt Jenny (as Eugenia Woodward)
Pauline Dempsey Pauline Dempsey ... Mammy


Nancy is a restless young girl tired of living on a plantation with her three old-maid aunts. Her life brightens when her cousin Lola comes visiting from New York. What she doesn't know is that Lola is fleeing a scandal that erupted when she was caught running around on her husband with her lover, David. It's not long before David comes looking for her, and Nancy falls in love with him. Lola sees a way out of her problem--if she can get Nancy and David to hook up, it will take the heat off of her. Nancy's aunts, who want to get rid of her, are all for the plan, and soon Nancy and David get married. However, things don't quite work out for everyone the way they planned. Written by

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Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds, but the Sparrow is Happier than the Peacock. (Print Ad- Nevada Daily Mail, ((Nevada Mo.)) 21 June 1920)







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8 March 1920 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Youthful Folly (1920) -- Lost Silent Film ?
1 July 2015 | by mpickfordfanSee all my reviews

What a sad loss this silent film is for fans of the beautiful and gifted actress, Olive Thomas, who both wrote the story for and starred in this drama, and tragically died a few months after it's release. Produced and released by Selznick Pictures Corporation, hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces, but for now, all I can offer the reader is this brief synopsis.

Nancy Sherwin (Thomas) leads a dull life on a plantation with three old maid aunts including her Aunt Martha (Florida Kinglsey) and Aunt Jenny (Eugenia 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 Truesday). 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 naive, 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.

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