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The Patsy

The Patsy(1928)

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Patsy Harrington, younger of two daughters, is browbeaten by her mother and sister, Grace. Her father, something of a "patsy" himself, consoles her. Patsy's attempts to attract the attention of one of Grace's beaux, Tony Anderson, a young real estate agent, make up the plot. Heeding her father's advice on how to ensnare Tony, Patsy reads a book on personality development. The book inspires her to do several imitations of Pola Negri, Mae Murray, and Lillian Gish to show Tony how much "personality" she has. Failing to impress Tony, she stages a fake escapade with a young man to make Tony jealous. Instead, she arouses the fury of the whole family. In the end, Pa asserts himself as the real boss of the Harrington household, Patsy gets her man, and sister Grace focuses her attention on someone else.