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Constance Binney also starred in the original stage production. The film opened in New York on 12 Sep ... More Less

Constance Binney also starred in the original stage production. The film opened in New York on 12 Sep 1920. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
25 Sep 20
p. 1841.
MPN
11 Sep 20
p. 2127.
MPN
25 Sep 20
p. 2497.
MPN
15 May 20
p. 981.
MPW
25 Sep 20
p. 534.
NYDM
1 Sep 20
p. 516.
Wid's
19 Sep 20
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Realart Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 August 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15492
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Penelope Penn, the eldest daughter of a poor preacher, leaves her country home to seek her fortune in the big city. Taking a room in a boardinghouse at 39 East, Penelope futilely searches for work as an actress until she secretly accepts a minor part in the chorus. Napoleon Gibbs, Jr., Penelope's fellow boarder, defends her good name against the criticism of other boarders who are scandalized by the girl's late hours. Penelope, having understudied the leading lady of the show, finally gets an opportunity to fill her role and scores a complete triumph. Napoleon, eager to congratulate her, waits backstage where he sees the stage manager escorting his new star home. When she arrives back at the boardinghouse, Penelope explains to the crestfallen Napoleon that she has no interest in her stage manager. Napoleon then seizes upon the opportunity to propose, and is ... +


Penelope Penn, the eldest daughter of a poor preacher, leaves her country home to seek her fortune in the big city. Taking a room in a boardinghouse at 39 East, Penelope futilely searches for work as an actress until she secretly accepts a minor part in the chorus. Napoleon Gibbs, Jr., Penelope's fellow boarder, defends her good name against the criticism of other boarders who are scandalized by the girl's late hours. Penelope, having understudied the leading lady of the show, finally gets an opportunity to fill her role and scores a complete triumph. Napoleon, eager to congratulate her, waits backstage where he sees the stage manager escorting his new star home. When she arrives back at the boardinghouse, Penelope explains to the crestfallen Napoleon that she has no interest in her stage manager. Napoleon then seizes upon the opportunity to propose, and is accepted. +

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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