Heart of a Follies Girl was based on a story by Adela Rogers St. John, but one would never know it. The cliché-ridden story begins as clerk Derek Calhoun (Larry Kent) falls in love with Ziegfeld Follies dancer Teddy O'Day (Billie Dove). Unable to support the luxury-loving girl on his salary, Derek resorts to forgery to purchase an engagement ring. He is found out and sent to jail, but Teddy loyally awaits his return. Relying upon nearly 200 subtitles, Heart of a Follies Girl looks like it was designed as a talkie but ultimately filmed as a silent. Critics had a field day lambasting the film's corny dialogue and plot situations, which were old-fashioned even in 1928.
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