~The Patsy~
1928
~Plot Synopsis~
Next to Show People, The Patsy may well be Marion Davies' best silent vehicle. Based on a hit Broadway
play, this modern Cinderella story casts Davies as Patsy Harrington, the drudge of her social-climbing
family. Secretly in love with Tony Anderson (Orville Caldwell), the boyfriend of her irresponsible but
irresistible sister Grace (Jane Winton), Patsy yearns to be a "personality girl." Rather than cultivate her
looks, she decides to become the "intellectual" of her family, which outrages her mother (Marie
Dressler) who believes that beauty and brains don't mix. Meanwhile, the fickle Grace begins cheating on
Tony with a millionaire named Bill (Lawrence Gray). For Tony's sake, the "new" Patsy throws herself at
Grace's new beau, hoping to break up the romance. The whole affair ends, predictably but hilariously
with Tony falling in love with Patsy! Best scene: sitting by a mirror, Davies impersonates Lillian Gish,
Mae Murray and Pola Negri -- which reportedly infuriated Murray and Negri but delighted Gish.


Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, Allmovie.com
~Cast~

Marion Davies ...  Patricia Harrington
Orville Caldwell ...  Tony Anderson
Marie Dressler ...  Ma Harrington
Lawrence Gray ...  Billy Caldwell
Dell Henderson ...  Pa Harrington
Jane Winton ...  Grace Harrington
William H. O'Brien ...  Waiter (uncredited)
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Directed by: King Vidor

Written by:
Agnes Christine Johnston - writer
Ralph Spence - titles


Based on the play The Patsy by Barry Connors (New York, 23 Dec 1925).