~The Flapper~
~Plot Synopsis~
In 1920s jargon, a "flapper" was a footloose young lady who, in keeping with a current fad, wore open-laced
boots that flapped as she walked. The word became a generic catchphrase, referring to any jazz-age female with
a thirst for excitement. The Flapper stars Olive Thomas as Ginger King, a capricious senator's daughter from a
small town girl attending an Eastern boarding school. She dreams of a more glamorous life. Dissatisfied with her
military school boyfriend, Bill Forbes (Theodore Westmore Jr.), she meets the older, intriguing Richard
Channing (William P. Carlton) and accompanies him to the country club dance. More bold after that adventure,
Ginger, while on her way home for a holiday, meets two crooks who entrust some stolen jewels to her for
safekeeping. Ginger then puts the jewels on and appears in her home town dressed as a vamp. . It's all innocent
fun, of course, but for a while poor Ginger is suspected of being as "loose" as the boots she wears. Once the
crooks reappear, however, she realizes the seriousness of the situation and gives up her pretensions to return to
Bill. The film represented one of the last feature-film appearances by Olive Thomas, who soon died under
questionable circumstances; on a happier note, it represents the first screen appearance by a young, fresh-faced
extra named Norma Shearer.

Plot Synopsis is a combination of Plot Synopses from allmovie.com & afi.com
~If you are a fan of Olive
get to
know her better, I suggest
trying the documentary
her life: "
Olive Thomas:  
Everybody's Sweetheart" as
part of the Olive Thomas
Collection (which includes a
remastered version of "The
Flapper". This DVD is
on Amazon.com.~
Directed by: Alan Crosland    

Written by: Frances Marion - screenplay & story

Olive Thomas ...  Ginger King
Warren Cook ...  Sen. King
Theodore Westman Jr. ...  Bill Forbes
Katherine Johnston ...  Hortense
Arthur Housman ...  Tom Morran
Louise Lindroth ...  Elmina Buttons
Charles Craig ...  Rev. Cushil
William P. Carleton ...  Richard Chenning
Marcia Harris ...  Mrs. Paddles
Bobby Connelly ...  King Jr
Aleene Bergman   
Barbara Butler   
Mildred Cheshire   
Russell Hewitt   
Dorothy Kent   
Maurice Steuart
Eileen Percy ...  Extra (uncredited)
Athole Shearer ...  Extra (uncredited)
Norma Shearer ...  Schoolgirl (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Selznick Pictures Corporation

Cinematography by: John W. Brown    
Presenter: Myron Selznick

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 55 Minutes
Released: May 10, 1920