A Small Town Idol

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A Small Town Idol
A Small Town Idol (1921) - Ad 2.jpg
Ad for the film with Phyllis Haver, Dot Farley, and Ben Turpin
Directed by Mack Sennett
Erle C. Kenton
Produced by Mack Sennett
Cinematography Ernie Crocket
Perry Evans
J. R. Lockwood
Edited by Allen McNeil
Distributed by Associated First National
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. (re-release)
Release dates
February 13, 1921
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

A Small Town Idol is a 1921 American silent film feature comedy produced by Mack Sennett and released through Associated First National. The film stars Ben Turpin and was made and acted by many of the same Sennett personnel from his previous year's Down on the Farm. Sennett and Erle C. Kenton directed.[1][2] This was Ramon Novarro's seventh film, where he was billed as Ramon Samaniegos.

Copies of the film exist in archives such as Gosfilmofond.


Sam (Turpin) leaves town after being falsely accused of a crime and becomes a film star in Hollywood working with actress Marcelle Mansfield (Prevost). He returns to his home town hailed as a hero where one of his films is shown in the theater. His rival Jones (Finlayson), who wants Sam's girlfriend Mary (Haver), frames Sam for the shooting of Mary's father. Just as the townspeople are about to lynch Sam, Mary arrives to prove Sam's innocence and the two are reconciled.


Prevost and Turpin star in the western being shown in the town's theater

uncredited performers


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  2. ^ A Small Town Idol at silentera.com

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