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A Girl's Folly

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A Girl's Folly
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Written byFrances Marion
StarringRobert Warwick
Doris Kenyon
CinematographyJohn van den Broek
Edited byClarence Brown
Paragon Films
Distributed byWorld Film Company
Release date
  • February 26, 1917 (1917-02-26)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
The film A Girl's Folly
The film A Girl's Folly

A Girl's Folly is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed by Maurice Tourneur and starring Robert Warwick, Doris Kenyon, June Elvidge, Jane Adair, Chester Barnett, and Johnny Hines.[1] Tourneur also played the director for the film within the film.


A young girl, who wants more from the environment of her small town, comes across a film crew shooting a western. When the leading man she befriends encourages her to become an actress, she moves to the big city. However, things do not turn out quite the way she planned.



Several scenes in the film show areas of the Paragon Films studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey, including the film lab, editing room, printing plant, spray chamber, cafeteria, dressing rooms, and film sets.[2]


Prints of A Girl's Folly in various grades of completeness are held in several film archives including the Cineteca Del Friuli (Gemona), BFI National Archive, George Eastman Museum Motion Picture Collection, UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Library of Congress,[3] with a complete copy donated from a private collection to the American Film Institute and Library of Congress in 1972.[2] An incomplete print was also found in 1978 in the Dawson Film Find preserved by permafrost.[4]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: A Girl's Folly
  2. ^ a b Gomar, Carmen Guiralt (July 2014). Translated by Ruiz-Larrea, Susana. "Before Hollywood? A Girl's Folly as a testimony to the Paragon Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey". L'Atalante: International Film Studies Journal. Associació Cinefòrum L’Atalante (18): 118–126. ISSN 2340-6992. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  3. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: A Girl's Folly
  4. ^ Library and Archives Canada, Dawson Film Find: A Girl's Folly

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