The Danger Girl (August 25, 1916)

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Gloria Swanson in tails and top hat
 

Released on August 25, 1916: Gloria Swanson at the age of 17 dresses and acts like a man in order to seduce the dangerous girl who has stolen her brother's affection from his girlfriend.

Directed by Clarence G. Badger

The Actors: Gloria Swanson (Reggie's madcap sister), Bobby Vernon (Bobbie, a young gentleman), Helen Bray (unknown), Myrtle Lind (unknown)

 

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Gloria May Josephine Svensson

There was no one wilder, fuller of life and love and the love of life in the 1920's than Gloria Swanson. In 1914, at the age of 15 she and her aunt visited a movie studio to watch how the new-fangled moving pictures were made. When the movie makers spotted her in the crowd they were taken by her beauty and devil-may-care wild personality and insisted that she come in front of the cameras as an extra. Thus was born the career of one of the genuine legends of Hollywood. Within 2 years at the age of 17 she was married to actor Wallace Beery and one of the highest paid actors on the planet. In 1916 she made this two reel film about lust and the thrill of the chase between two boys and a dangerous girl who could attract men like bees to honey. The plot moves too quickly to understand easily, but here is the quick and dirty version: Gloria Swanson's brother Reggie has a girlfriend, but they have just had a quarrel, and Reggie's girlfriend walks down the road where her boyfriend from last year spots her and tries to become friendly again. They head off for the Beverly Hills Hotel, and Reggie is sad that he has lost his girlfriend. Sister Gloria pops him into her convertible roadster and she drives very recklessly to Beverly to intercept the couple and help her brother get his girlfriend back again. But at the fancy hotel they all have more to worry about than Bobbie, the boy who is after Reggie's girlfriend - there is a vamp at the hotel who is attracting men like no other woman around, and this danger girl even gets Gloria's brother and Reggie, last year's boyfriend to fight over her. Got it? We have Gloria and her brother Reggie, and we have Reggie's girlfriend who is with her old boyfriend, and Gloria wants to get her brother back together with his girlfriend . . . but there is a dangerous sexy lady at the hotel who is taking the attention of both boys in a whirlwind of lust. So what does Gloria do to get her brother away from this temptress and back together with his girlfriend? What any sexy girl in 1916 would do . . . . er . . . . maybe not . . . . perhaps she will do something so outrageous that the movie would become notorious for its daring plot twist. Gloria will wear a tuxedo and top hat, and smoke cigarettes, and walk and act like a man! How totally outrageous and unexpected. Gloria, a sexy girl dressed as a man, will win the affections of the danger girl and take her away from the boys so that her brother and his girlfriend can get back together again. Gloria and the danger girl will kiss and hug and cuddle on screen in such a scandalous manner for 1916 that it will be the talk of the nation as it appears on small town movie screens around the country. After a fast-paced chase of boys after girls, and girls after girls, all ends well as brother Reggie gets back together with his girlfriend and the girlfriend's beau of the last season discovers that Gloria is a girl and falls for her, while the danger girl just moves along to her next conquest. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the earliest known surviving film of the outrageous and amazing Gloria Swanson.

Bobby Vernon wants the danger girl
Reggie, Gloria's brother, wants the danger girl
Gloria Swanson lives happily ever after with her new boyfriend Bobby Vernon
Gloria Swanson lives happily ever after with her new boyfriend Bobby Vernon
Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon
Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon
Bobby Vernon discovers that Gloria Swanson is a girl
Bobby Vernon discovers that Gloria Swanson is a girl
Gloria Swanson's brother Reggie discovers that the guy is his sister Gloria
Gloria Swanson's brother Reggie discovers that the guy is his sister Gloria
Gloria Swanson in a tuxedo and top hat, pretending to be a man
Gloria Swanson in a tuxedo and top hat, pretending to be a man
Gloria Swanson tries to seduce the danger girl
Gloria Swanson tries to seduce the danger girl
Gloria Swanson smokes a cigarette as she pretends to be a man
Gloria Swanson smokes a cigarette as she pretends to be a man
Gloria Swanson hugs the danger girl
Gloria Swanson hugs the danger girl
The Danger Girl kisses Gloria Swanson who is pretending to be a man
The Danger Girl kisses Gloria Swanson who is pretending to be a man