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Flaming Youth (1923)

Passed | | Drama | 12 November 1923 (USA)
An ingenue becomes a bob-haired flapper and enters into a ménage-à-trois with her mother's lover amid the sexual revolution of the Jazz Age.


Samuel Hopkins Adams (novel) (as Warner Fabian), Harry O. Hoyt (scenario)




Cast overview:
Colleen Moore ... Patricia Fentriss
Milton Sills ... Cary Scott
Elliott Dexter ... Dr. Bobs
Sylvia Breamer ... Dee Fentriss
Myrtle Stedman ... Mona Fentriss
Betty Francisco ... Connie Fentriss
Phillips Smalley ... Ralph Fentriss
Walter McGrail ... Jamieson James
Ben Lyon ... Monty Standish
George Barraud ... Fred Browning
John Patrick ... Warren Graves
Gino Corrado ... Leo Stenak (as Geno Corrado)
Gertrude Astor ... Annie
Michael Dark ... Sidney Rathbone


Patricia Fentriss, the flapper daughter of a wealthy family, is in love with Cary Scott, a former lover of her mother's. She refuses to marry him, because she believes marriage is the death of all love. At a yachting party given by a profligate violinist, she faces real evil. Her better self asserts itself. She jumps into the river. A sailor rescues her, and she returns to Scott. Written by Exhibitor's Trade Review (December 1923)

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Flaming Youth was based on the popular novel of the same name written by author Samuel Hopkins Adams (as Warner Fabian). Focusing upon the sexual urges of young women in the Jazz Age, the novel had a frankness that was controversial for its time, and Adams used the pseudonym "Warner Fabian" so that his other works would not be tainted by scandal. As a result of this novel being made into a film, Colleen Moore became a major Hollywood star. Flaming Youth also ushered in the popularity of flapper-themed film in 1923. See more »


Jamieson James: I vote to light up the swimming pool and take a plunge - anyway we like!
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Colleen Moore's Jazz Age
13 January 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Beginning her career in 1917 opposite popular young D.W. Griffith actor Robert Harron, brunette beauty Colleen Moore was an immediate movie star. But her relatively modest fame became super-stardom in 1923, with the release of "Flaming Youth" accompanying her appearance as a "Top Ten" favorite; she peaked at #1 in 1926's "Quigley Poll" of box office stars, and remained popular until talking pictures changed audience tastes in the early 1930s. A sanitized version of Warner Fabian's then sexy and scandalous contemporary novel, "Flaming Youth" has been considered Ms. Moore's first defining role...

Unfortunately, only a portion of "Flaming Youth" survives. Fortunately, it contains some pivotal moments. The reel has been released on "Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films" (2011) and is sometimes shown on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In it, débutante Moore (as Patricia "Pat" Fentriss) meets one of her deceased mother's loves, Milton Sills (as Cary Scott). She begins a romance with the older man and they attend a swimming pool party. The pool-side fun contains much of the film's notoriously naughty footage; photographed in silhouette, the reel ends with party guests dancing around in their wet underwear.

***** Flaming Youth (11/12/23) John Francis Dillon ~ Colleen Moore, Milton Sills, Myrtle Stedman, Gino Corrado

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