A Virginia Courtship

A Virginia Courtship is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Frank O'Connor and written by Edfrid A. Bingham based upon the play of the same name by Eugene Wiley Presbrey. The film stars May McAvoy, Alec B. Francis, Jane Keckley, L. M. Wells, Casson Ferguson, Kathlyn Williams, and Richard Tucker. The film was released in December 1921, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

A Virginia Courtship
Directed byFrank O'Connor
Screenplay byEdfrid A. Bingham
Based onA Virginia Courtship
by Eugene Wiley Presbrey
StarringMay McAvoy
Alec B. Francis
Jane Keckley
L. M. Wells
Casson Ferguson
Kathlyn Williams
Richard Tucker
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Realart Pictures Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 1921 (1921-12)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Prudence Fairfax (McAvoy) is the ward of Colonel Fairfax (Francis), a lovable old Southern gentleman who has remained single because of a misunderstanding, some fifteen years previous, with his next door neighbor and childhood sweetheart Constance Llewellyn (Williams). While staging a chariot race she had seen on a poster, Pru is thrown from a runaway horse into a stream running through the Llewellyn estate and is rescued by Constance. They become fast friends. When the Fairfax Manor is about to be sold for a debt, Pru buys it through her broker Robin which almost precipitates a duel. However, a happy ending ensues when the old romance between the Colonel and Constance is renewed, and Pru marries the Colonel's nephew Tom (Ferguson) instead of Dwight Neville (Tucker), who is arrested for counterfeiting.


Preservation status

The film is now lost.[4]


  1. "Virginia-Courtship - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  2. "A Virginia Courtship". afi.com. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. "Reviews: A Virginia Courtship". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (25): 62. December 17, 1921.
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: A Virginia Courtship
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