Flick Friday: The Girl In Number 29 1920

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One-hundred years ago, today, the silent black & white drama film The Girl In Number 29 premiered (though not released, widely). Directed by John Ford and written by Philip D. Hurn, it was based upon the novel The Girl In The Mirror (1919) by Elizabeth Jordan. Starring Frank Mayo, Elinor Fair, Claire Anderson, Robert Bolder and Bull Montana, it is considered a lost film.

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From AFI:

After turning out a successful drama, young playwright Laurie Devon settles down to a life of idleness. Alarmed and disgusted, his friends make every effort to get him to work again but, he refuses. One evening, while glancing into his mirror, Laurie sees a beautiful girl in the apartment across the way, holding a revolver to her head. Dashing out of his apartment house, he prevents her from pulling the trigger. He learns that her name is Doris Williams and discovers that her plight is caused by a man named Shaw. Soon after, Shaw and his thugs abduct her, and Laurie comes to her rescue, shooting her tormentor. Returning home, he confesses his crime to his sister and friends, and learns that the whole incident was a trick to restore his interest in life. The plot succeeds and Laurie writes another hit play in which his new wife Doris is the star.

From MPN:

Laurie Devon (Mayo) is a New York playwright who, having had one success, refuses to work on another play. One night he sees a woman (Anderson) in an apartment across the street take out a gun and place it to her forehead. He reaches her in time to save her and she tells him that she is under some terrible evil influence, which she will not disclose. Devon attempts to untangle the mystery and is led on an adventure. The woman is taken to a house on Long Island, where Devon, after a fight, rescues her. He takes out the revolver and shoots one of the pursuers, who falls to the ground. On returning home, he is heartbroken and tells his sister Barbara (Fair) and his friends that he is a murderer. His sister, and two of his friends, then confess that the whole thing was a frame-up. [T]hey had hired some actors to stage everything and that it was an attempt to get the ambitionless [sic] author to write again. The revolver used in the suicide attempt by the woman, and in the later shooting, had blanks. Devon and the woman from the apartment melt into each other’s arms at the final fade-out.

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Elinor Fair & Harry Hilliard
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7 thoughts on “Flick Friday: The Girl In Number 29 1920

    JT Twissel said:
    April 4, 2020 at 5:57 PM

    Sounds like a fun movie!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 4, 2020 at 11:48 PM

      Yeah. Shame it’s lost.

    badfinger20 said:
    April 4, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    It does sound like a cool movie…Again…I never heard of this one but of course, I have of John Ford

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 4, 2020 at 11:50 PM

      I didn’t realize that John Ford directed that far back but, he was 13 years older than John Wayne.

        badfinger20 said:
        April 5, 2020 at 12:24 AM

        I didn’t know that either. Clara Bow knew John Wayne…I was never a big Wayne fan. I respect the guy but his films to me were so Hollywood…compared to the spaghetti westerns.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 5, 2020 at 12:41 AM

          He wasn’t the greatest actor but, he certainly was a cultural icon. He pretty much played himself, a la Alan Alda. I didn’t grow up loving him but, as I aged, I developed a fondness for his movies…mostly because of the ensemble cast and the story line…not him. My fave JW movie is El Dorado, then McLintock!, then The Quiet Man. Maureen always played off of him really well.

            badfinger20 said:
            April 5, 2020 at 1:05 AM

            Oh yes an icon no doubt.
            My favorite movie with him was The Searchers. That last scene is magic to me. I enjoy the Shootist also

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