Why Girls Leave Home

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Why Girls Leave Home
Directed by William Nigh
Produced by Harry Rapf
Written by William Nigh
Starring Anna Q. Nilsson
Cinematography John W. Brown
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • September 4, 1921 (1921-09-04)
Running time 70-80 minutes (7-8 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent

Why Girls Leave Home is a lost[1] 1921 silent film drama produced by Harry Rapf for Warner Brothers.[2] It was the only film from the studio to make a profit in 1921.[3] The poster was featured in the 1962 film Gypsy.[4]

1926's Why Girls Go Back Home is a sequel to the film also produced by Warners.


This picture makes some revealing statements about rearing teens in the 20s—Mr. Hedder (George Lessey) is so straight-laced and old fashioned that he won't even let his daughter Anna (Anna Q. Nilsson) own an evening gown, believing that nice girls don't own such things! So Anna is given one by a friend who works as a model. Hedder thinks she stole it and goes to Wallace, the store's owner (Claude King). Wallace thinks Anna is running wild, and on his advice, Hedder hits her. As a result, Anna leaves home and moves in with some gold diggers. She discovers that Wallace's own daughter, Madeline (Maurine Powers) is a frequenter of questionable nightclubs. On top of that, the girl is the pawn of Reynolds (Coit Albertson), who is romancing her for business reasons. Anna finds Madeline alone in Reynold's apartment and uses this knowledge to get back at Wallace. Eventually she sends Madeline back home and the two fathers reconcile with their daughters.



  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Why Girls Leave Home
  2. ^ Why Girls Leave Home at silentera.com
  3. ^ Bachmann, Gregg (2002). American Silent Film: Discovering Marginalized Voices. SIU Press. p. 220. ISBN 9780809324019. 
  4. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1921

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