The Dancin' Fool

The Dancin' Fool is a surviving 1920 American silent romantic comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Sam Wood directed this one of his earliest efforts. Wallace Reid and Bebe Daniels star, at the time Paramount was making them a popular team in replacement of Reid's previous female lead Ann Little.[1][2][3] A copy of this film survives in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.[3][4]

The Dancin' Fool
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Directed bySam Wood
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byHenry Payson Dowst (story)
Clara Genevieve Kennedy (adaptation, scenario)
StarringWallace Reid
Bebe Daniels
CinematographyAlfred Gilks
Distributed byParamount/Artcraft
Release date
  • May 2, 1920 (1920-05-02)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film publication,[5] Sylvester Tibble (Reid), a country yokel, comes to New York City to work at his uncle Enoch Jones's (Hatton) jug business for $6 per week and earns extra money dancing at a jazz cabaret. He becomes the dance partner of Junie Budd (Daniels). They soon find romance while performing Apache dance routines. Sylvester also makes a success of his uncle's business by introducing modern business methods.


See also


  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:The Dancin Fool
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: The Dancin' Fool at
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Dancin' Fool
  5. "The Dancin' Fool: Some Interesting Moments in this Frail Wallace Reid Picture". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (21): 4235. May 15, 1920. Retrieved 2014-04-08.

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