Fun Size Review: A Girl’s Folly (1917)

Movies about movies have always been popular and this film holds particular interest because it contains numerous scenes of motion picture production in Fort Lee, New Jersey. It also is a rare look at Doris Kenyon in a starring role with the added bonus of Leatrice Joy in a supporting role.

The story is an excellent example of the accomplished filmmaking being practiced at the World film company and I enjoyed it from beginning to end thanks to the talented cast, sweet story and behind the scenes glimpses. And with a screenplay by Frances Marion and direction by Maurice Tourneur, there’s plenty of star power behind the camera too.

Leatrice vs. cowboy boots in “A Girl’s Folly”
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Doris discovers that the film world is not for her and returns home to the country.

Read my full-length review here. I also tackle the myth that Josef von Sternberg appears in the film as a cameraman.

If it were a dessert it would be: A Gingerbread Castle. A perfectly delightful way to appreciate the past.

Availability: A 25-minute excerpt A Girl’s Folly was released on DVD by Flicker Alley as an extra on the Before Hollywood There Was Fort Lee, New Jersey documentary. The complete one-hour film was released on DVD by ReelclassicDVD.com as a double feature with The Beloved Blackmailer, another World picture.

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