The Country Flapper

The Country Flapper is a 1922 American silent comedy film directed by F. Richard Jones and starring Dorothy Gish, Glenn Hunter and Tom Douglas.[1] The film is based on "The Cynic Effect," a short story by Nalbro Bartley.

The Country Flapper
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Directed byF. Richard Jones
Produced byDorothy Gish
Written byHarry Carr
Joseph Farnham
Based onThe Cynic Effect
by Nalbro Bartley
StarringDorothy Gish
Glenn Hunter
Tom Douglas
Mildred Marsh
Harlan Knight
Raymond Hackett
Albert Hacket
Catherine Collins
CinematographyFred Chaston
Edited byJoseph Farnham
Dorothy Gish Productions
Distributed byProducers Security Corporation
Release date
July 29, 1922
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Jolanda, a young flapper, goes to great lengths to secure her relationship with Nathaniel Huggins, the son of the town's pharmacist. However, Ezra Huggins, the father, doesn't approve of the relationship. To her luck, Jolanda happens to overhear a conversation in which she finds out that Ezra is illegally producing alcohol in his barn. Jolanda uses this to blackmail the him, gaining his consent for her to be with his son. To get rid of Jolanda's power, Ezra burns his barn to destroy the evidence that Jolanda has against him. Jolanda gets caught in the fire and is rescued by Lemuell Philpotts, the bashful boy who has loved her the whole time. She ultimately loses Nathaniel to her enemy, Marguerite; however, she ends up with Nathaniel, who truly cares for her.[2][3]


Time magazine was ruthless with its review:

"Includes in its cast two of the best comedy pantomimists of the screen, Dorothy Gish and Glenn Hunter. It really would seem as if they couldn't help saving the film. But, except for a few scenes which they do brighten, they are amazingly ineffectual. Because, apparently, instead of letting them act, if they know how to act by themselves, or directing them to act as every one who has even seen them knows they can act on occasion.... But it is not all Mr. Jones's fault. He had no story to begin with, but merely an assortment of stock rural characters and slap-stick small-town situations with the wit all worn off them."[2]

The Boston American, on the other hand, found the film quite entertaining, calling the it "the kind of picture to which one can—and is urged to—bring the whole family." [2]



  1. ^ Munden p.148
  2. ^ a b c New York, Wid's Films and Film Folks (July 1922). The Film Daily (Jul-Dec 1922). Media History Digital Library. New York, Wid's Films and Film Folks, Inc.
  3. ^ "AFI|Catalog". Retrieved September 27, 2019.


  • Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press, 1997.

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