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Flaming Youth (1923)

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


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Cast overview:
Colleen Moore ... Patricia Fentriss
Milton Sills ... Cary Scott
Elliott Dexter ... Dr. Bobs
Sylvia Breamer 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 John Patrick ... Warren Graves
Gino Corrado ... Leo Stenak (as Geno Corrado)
Gertrude Astor ... Annie
Michael Dark 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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The startling book to which the author dared not sign his own name! See more »









Release Date:

12 November 1923 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to the success of First National Pictures' Flaming Youth (1923), which was a cinematic adaptation of a flapper novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams, the Fox Film Corporation quickly snapped up the film rights to Adams' next popular youth-centric novel, Summer Bachelors (1926). Using the pseudonym of Warner Fabian, Adams penned a number of salacious novels in the 1920s focusing upon promiscuous flappers and the hedonism of the Jazz Age. Nearly all of these novels were adapted into motion pictures starring Colleen Moore, Madge Bellamy, Mary Astor, and Clara Bow. See more »


Patricia Fentriss: Don't be alarmed if I go all to smash in your hands - I'm not responsible when I'm listening to wonderful music.
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Referenced in Girl Shy (1924) See more »

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Wonderful Colleen Moore fragment.
3 April 2011 | by Larry41OnEbay-2See all my reviews

I'm so glad Turner Classic Movies is playing this fragment and I hope more is found soon.

Here's some more about what is still missing... This picture practically defined the Roaring Twenties and shot Colleen Moore to superstardom. Because she is neglected by her husband (Phillips Smalley), Mona Fentriss (Myrtle Steadman) begins living a frivolous, jazzy lifestyle. Two of her daughters, Connie (Betty Francisco) and Dee (Sylvia Breamer), follow in her footsteps and make unhappy marriages, but Mona tries to instill some sort of old-fashioned values in her youngest daughter, Pat (Moore). Heart trouble leads Mona to an early death, but before she dies, she reveals to her friend, Doctor Bobs (Elliott Dexter), that her one true love was Cary Scott (Milton Sills). Pat grows up to be a jazz baby, but Scott returns and becomes her one stabilizing influence. Although they fall in love, Scott must get a divorce from his estranged wife before they can wed. Pat is hesitant to marry at all because of all the unhappy matches around her. She becomes involved with a violinist who traps her on a yacht and she is forced to jump into the sea to save herself. She becomes gravely ill and Doctor Bobs and Scott do what they can to bring her back from the brink. It's the spirit of her mother, however, which really saves Pat so that she can recover and marry Scott.

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