GenreDrama, Crime Story byCynthia Stockley Duration
DirectorRobert Z. Leonard ScreenplayAdrian Johnson CinematographyAllen G. Siegler CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) Release dateMarch 21, 1920 (1920-03-21) WriterAdrian Johnson, Cynthia Stockley (story) CastMarion Davies (April Poole), Warren Cook (Earle of Mannister), Conway Tearle (Kerry Sarle), Spencer Charters (Dobbs), Hattie Delaro (Mrs Stanislaw) Similar moviesHeedless Moths (1921), A Woman There Was (1919), The Darling of Paris (1917), Cleopatra (1917), Salome (1918)
April Folly is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Adrian Johnson and Cynthia Stockley. The film stars Marion Davies, Madeline Marshall, Hattie Delaro, Amelia Summerville, Conway Tearle, J. Herbert Frank, and Warren Cook. The film was released on March 21, 1920, by Paramount Pictures. A copy of the film is in a private collection.
As described in a film magazine, April Poole (Davies), a young writer in love with publisher Kerry Sarle (Tearle), visits the office of Mr. Sarle and his partner Ronald Kenna (Frank) and reads her latest story to them. She has made Sarle the hero, Kenna the villain, and herself the heroine. In the story, April changes places with Lady Diana Mannister (Marshall), who is being sent to South Africa to separate her from her lover, a young artist. A famous diamond that Lady Diana is to deliver at the end of her journey is given to April. Thieves trail her during her journey. With efforts by Kenna to steal the diamond prevented by the intervention of Sarle, the story comes to a close.
Marion Davies as April Poole
Madeline Marshall as Lady Diana Mannister
Hattie Delaro as Mrs. Stanislaw
Amelia Summerville as Olive Connal
Conway Tearle as Kerry Sarle
J. Herbert Frank as Ronald Kenna
Warren Cook as Earle of Mannister
Spencer Charters as Dobbs
Charles Peyton as Butler
Cosmopolitan Productions offered a $1,000 prize for the "best short scenario suitable for Miss Davies", similar to the story in April Folly. "Write a clean, wholesome love story with an entertaining series of incidents and a good moral. Tell the story in a straightforward way -no florid writing". The contest was judged by "Marion Davies, Cosmopolitan Productions' star; William LeBaron, the distinguished playwright, and Hay Long, editor-in-chief of the International Magazine Company".