Why Girls Go Back Home

Why Girls Go Back Home is a lost[1][2] 1926 American silent comedy drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. James Flood directed and Patsy Ruth Miller and Clive Brook starred. Myrna Loy has a feature role. The film is a sequel to Warner Bros.'s 1921 Why Girls Leave Home, which was a box office hit.[3][4][5]

Why Girls Go Back Home
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Directed byJames Flood
Written byCatherine Brody (screen story)
Walter Morosco (adaptation)
Sonya Hovey (scenario)
StarringPatsy Ruth Miller
Clive Brook
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 1, 1926 (1926-03-01)
Running time
60 minutes; six reels (5,262 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Marie Downey (Patsy Ruth Miller), a trusting country girl falls in love with a touring stage-actor, Clifford Dudley (Clive Brook) as his touring troupe takes up residence in the hotel run by Marie's father. Both lovestruck and stagestruck, Marie follows Clifford to old Broadway, where she ends up getting a job as a chorus girl. She tries desperately to get in touch with Clifford, but he acts as if he does not even know she's alive as he becomes a matinée idol on Broadway. Thanks to a lucky break, Marie becomes the star of the show in which she is appearing, whereupon Clifford finally acknowledges her existence. This time, however, she gives Clifford the cold shoulder then turns her back on New York and heads home (hence the title). Clifford follows her on the train, setting the stage for a tender reconciliation.


Preservation status

This film is now lost. Warner Bros. records of the film's negative have a notation, "Junked 12/27/48" (i.e., December 27, 1948). Warner Bros. destroyed many of its negatives in the late 1940s and 1950s due to nitrate film pre-1933 decomposition. No copies of Why Girls Go Back Home are known to exist.


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