This chapter continues charting the course of Barbara’s tenure in Fox Film Corporation’s writing department and covers the beginning of her career as a silent film actress. After appearing in Harriet and the Piper (1920), Barbara swears off acting and completes the three remaining films she was hired to write for Fox. As two of these films,Flame of Youth (1920) and The Land of Jazz (1920), begin their runs in theaters, Barbara is induced by film star Douglas Fairbanks to appear in his film, The Nut (1921). Barbara’s association with Fairbanks leads to a plum role in his epic adventure, The Three Musketeers (1921), and her ultimate decision to pursue film acting, regardless of opposition from Ben Deely (recently reconciled with her) and the potential exposure of her disreputable past as Reatha Watson. Details concerning plot synopses, production, and critical reception accompany each film mentioned in this chapter.
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