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Flaming Youth (1923)



Critic Consensus: Colleen Moore brings spitfire energy to Flaming Youth, a provocative celebration of Jazz Age liberation.

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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. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Colleen Moore
as Patricia Fentriss
Myrtle Steadman
as Mona Fentriss
Elliott Dexter
as Doctor Bobs
Milton Sills
as Cary Scott
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Critic Reviews for Flaming Youth

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

Flaming Youth is not quite up to the mark for highbrows, but it's a darn good picture for the rest of us -- wholly enjoyable, thoroughly un-draggy, admirably acted by an extraordinary cast.

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

The story? La la! You could write a better!

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Lots of pep! Lots of spice! That's Flaming Youth, the first really clever sketch of jazzitis, bob-ities, pet-itis and all the other affections and affectations of the flapper that has gotten on tho screen this season, or perhaps during any other season.

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Tense drama, charming romance sprightly comedy on a background of "flapperlsm" and "jazz." This is the picture which is painted by Flaming Youth, a startling First National photodrama.

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Much in the book has been changed and much has been left to the imagination, but in spite of it the picture still flames.

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

While the picture Is not without Its shocks, it has comedy in good measure, and some effective acting. Miss Moore, as the gay flapper, is particularly good.

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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