THE FLAPPER
Starring Olive Thomas
VARIETY
May 21, 1920

This is the fluffiest sort of fluff, but good summer booking just the same, though any but the best type of houses may find it lacking in dramatic meat. This is due to the delicacy with which Alan Crosland has directed Olive Thomas, who here continues her trip toward film fame. Photographic and laboratory work were of the high class Selznick has led us to expect in his pictures.

The story, moreover, is better than this firm's usual run. Frances Marion wrote it, and it concerns the escapades of a school girl. Too strictly brought up, she gets into all sorts of innocent trouble when the chance comes. Some of the titles were humorous in the best sense. All were well thought out and phrased.

More interesting than any of the commercial phases of the picture is Miss Thomas herself. Her appeal is the sex appeal. Very sensibly her director has assented to the fact. Miss Thomas has too heavy a make-up in the first reel, and her dresses should not fit so tightly.

This light, whimsical story remains, nevertheless, excellent market stuff for the more appreciative audiences.


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