Hairpins (film)

Hairpins is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Fred Niblo.[1] A surviving print is held in a private collection.[2]

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Directed byFred Niblo
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Written byC. Gardner Sullivan
StarringEnid Bennett
Matt Moore
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byW. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 1, 1920 (1920-08-01)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Rex Rossmore (Moore) disgust at the hairpin-strewing, straggly locks of his young bride Muriel (Bennett) and her concentration upon extra-particularness in her housekeeping make it easy for him to forsake her company outside the home for that of his stenographer Effie Wainwright (Livingston). Overhearing her husband's confession of her failure as a wife to him as he makes it to his employer, she considers suicide. Making herself orderly for death, she discovers that she is beautiful in life, and conceives a plan whereby she plays an affair of her own against that of her husband and stenographer, acquaints herself with the ways of the gay world and practices them until her husband's rage brings issue to their artificial existences. This reveals to the man that his love is to the woman herself, after all, and not to her fashionable habiliments. This readjustment is certain to reflect a compromise in several things after a reconciliation is brought about after the husband discovers that another man is in love with his wife.



  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Hairpins". Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Hairpins
  3. "Reviews: Hairpins". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (7): 103–04. August 14, 1920.

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