The Cynic Effect
Cast & Crew
F. Richard Jones
Country girl Jolanda is distressed when Nathaniel Huggins, the object of her affections, is smitten with Marguerite, recently returned to the village from the city. Nathaniel's father, a druggist and church official, also owns a whiskey still, and Jolanda, learning of this, blackmails Mrs. Huggins into approving Jolanda's engagement to Nathaniel. When Mr. Huggins sets fire to the barn containing his still, Nathaniel's horse carries Nathainel into the burning structure. Jolanda, who saves Nathaniel, becomes trapped in the fire herself until bashful Lemuel Philpotts pulls her out. Meanwhile, Marguerite has spirited Nathaniel away, and Jolanda decides that she has really loved Lemuel all along.
F. Richard Jones
The film was made in 1920 by D. W. Griffith, Inc. under the title The Cynic Effect. Trade articles from August-September 1920 announced the film's completion and imminent release, but the film was held back. Famous Players-Lasky announced the film's release on May 15, 1921 under the title Oh, Jo!; variations of the title that appeared in trade journals are Oh Jo and Oh, Jo, and the film was sometimes mistakenly referred to as Old Jo. Again, the film was not released according to schedule; it was temporarily retitled Her First Love during the following year. Griffith's organization leased the film to Producers Security Corp. in March 1922. It was subsequently renamed The Country Flapper and edited by Joseph Farnham, who added titles in flapper jargon and an introductory title announcing the absence of a plot. The film was copyrighted under the new title and finally released on July 29, 1922, with the production company credited as Dorothy Gish Productions. All previous films in the series Gish had made for Griffith's company between 1918 and 1921 were credited to the New Art Film Co. It is listed as The Country Flapper in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 (F2.1031).