Why Girls Leave Home (1921) - 2 crop
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Why Girls Leave Home
Directed by William Nigh
Produced by Harry Rapf
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on
Written by William Nigh
Starring Anna Q. Nilsson
Narrated by
Music by
Cinematography John W. Brown
Editing by
Production company(s) Harry Rapf Productions
Distributor Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 4, 1921[1]
Running time 70-80 minutes (7-8 reels)
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Gross revenue
Preceded by
Followed by Why Girls Go Back Home
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Why Girls Leave Home is a lost[2] 1921 American silent drama film produced by Harry Rapf for Warner Bros..[3] It was the only film from the studio to make a profit in 1921.[4] The poster for the film was featured in the 1962 film Gypsy.[5]

Why Girls Go Back Home (1926) is a sequel to the film that was also produced by Warner Bros.


Mr. Hedder (George Lessey) is an old fashioned man who will not let his daughter Anna (Anna Q. Nilsson) own an evening gown, but she is given one by a friend who is a model. Hedder believes that she stole it and confers with Mr. Wallace (Claude King), the owner of the store. On Wallace's advice, Hedder hits Anna, causing her to leave home and move in with some gold diggers. She discovers that Wallace is a lenient father, and his daughter, Madeline (Maurine Powers) frequents less-than-reputable nightclubs, and is also the pawn of Mr. Reynolds (Coit Albertson), who is dating her for business reasons. Anna discovers Madeline alone in Anna's apartment and uses this to get back at Wallace. She eventually sends Madeline home, and the two fathers reconcile with their daughters.


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 Girl Leave Home are known to exist.


  1. Script error at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Why Girls Leave Home
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Why Girls Leave Home at
  4. Bachmann, Gregg (2002). American Silent Film: Discovering Marginalized Voices. SIU Press, page 220. 
  5. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1921

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