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.
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.