The Mad Whirl
|The Mad Whirl|
|Directed by||William A. Seiter|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle|
|Written by||Edward T. Lowe Jr.
|Based on||Here's How
by Richard Washburn Child
|Cinematography||Merritt B. Gerstad|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
35mm, 7 reels
The Mad Whirl is a 1925 jazz age black-and-white silent film drama film about the "loosening of youth morals" that took place during the 1920s. Written by Edward T. Lowe Jr. and Lewis Milestone, and directed by William A. Seiter for Universal Pictures, the film stars May McAvoy and Jack Mulhall.
Cathleen Gillis (May McAvoy) falls in love with Jack Herrington (Jack Mulhall). Martin Gillis (George Fawcett), Cathleen's loving father, is stern, very religious, and runs an ice cream shop. Cathleen is an obedient daughter and conservative in her views as well. Jack however, has a routine that includes wild parties hosted by his parents, Gladys and John (Myrtle Stedman and Alec B. Francis), who think it is better to be their son's friend by their providing bootleg whiskey and a place to have all-night parties. Jack's lifestyle places him at odds with Cathleen's, but he promises her his will change his ways. He backslides several times, but in the end is reformed by Cathleen's love, and they elope. After the elopement, Gladys and John get a stern lecture on temperance and sobriety from Martin and reform their ways as well.
- May McAvoy as Cathleen Gillis
- Jack Mulhall as Jack Herrington
- Myrtle Stedman as Gladys Herrington
- Barbara Bedford as Margie Taylor
- Alec B. Francis as John Herrington
- Ward Crane as Benny Kingsley
- George Fawcett as Martin Gillis
- Marie Astaire as Julia Carling
- Joseph Singleton as Spivens
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