The Dancin' Fool

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The Dancin' Fool
Dancin' Fool lobby card.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written by Henry Payson Dowst (story)
Clara Genevieve Kennedy (adaptation, scenario)
Starring Wallace Reid
Bebe Daniels
Cinematography Alfred Gilks
Distributed by Paramount/Artcraft
Release date
  • May 2, 1920 (1920-05-02)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Dancin' Fool is a surviving 1920 American silent romantic comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Sam Wood directed this one of his earliest efforts. Wallace Reid and Bebe Daniels star, at the time Paramount was making them a popular team in replacement of Reid's previous female lead Ann Little.[1][2] A copy of this film survives in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.[2][3]


As described in a film publication,[4] Sylvester Tibble (Reid), a country yokel, comes to New York City to work at his uncle Enoch Jones's (Hatton) jug business for $6 per week and earns extra money dancing at a jazz cabaret. He becomes the dance partner of Junie Budd (Daniels). They soon find romance while performing Apache dance routines. Sylvester also makes a success of his uncle's business by introducing modern business methods.

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  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: The Dancin' Fool at
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Dancin' Fool
  4. ^ "The Dancin' Fool: Some Interesting Moments in this Frail Wallace Reid Picture". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (21): 4235. May 15, 1920. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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