Prisoners of Love Discussion Part 1: The Dysfunctional Fenton Family
Oh boy. This episode ended up being bigger than I realized. It was the first time Danny went into the ghost portal as well as the first time the trio explored the ghost zone, it saw the return of every antagonist from the previous episodes except Poindexter and Vlad, and it introduced a lot of things that would or could come into play later. I’ll admit I have some mixed feelings about it, but that just gives me even more to say about it.
So, I’ll just be breaking my thoughts into parts, and since I just finished my first lengthy post about Jazz, I think I should talk about the Fentons.
In 1921 Bebe Daniels was cruising in her Marmon Roadster with current beau boxer Jack Dempsey (and her mother, chaperone for proprieties sake). When they crossed the into Orange County she was pulled over for speeding - she was going 56 ½ MPH. The judge in the case was notorious for giving steep fines to anyone going above the speed limit, as well as jail time for anyone going over 50 - and Bebe was no exception. She told the motorcycle officers at the scene that she’d been speeding because her radiator had sprung a leak, she wanted to get it fixed before more trouble ensued, but they didn’t buy it.. neither did the jury.
She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, although some critics were unimpressed when she was gifted a full bedroom set (including a rug and a phonograph) from a local furniture store for her Santa Ana cell, claiming that it looked like a boudoir scene from a movie. They also ridiculed the fact that her mother stayed with her for the majority of the term, and weren’t impressed when she bragged about her guest book which she claimed had racked up 721 signatures from visitors while in the clink. On her first day in jail the judge who sentenced her welcomed her with a bouquet of roses. She was pretty upbeat about the whole thing though, telling the sheriff that “This is a comfy little place, anyhow. It will be sort of a quiet vacation.”
Judge Cox later fined former Secretary of the Treasury and future California Senator Williams Gibbs McAdoo and his son, William Jr, separately for speeding in his jurisdiction within a week of each other.
The masked bandit, train robber, foot pad, et al., is familiar to us in fact and fiction, but the masked detective or police officer is a new one, indeed. This clever idea was adopted by the Los Angeles, Cal., police to prevent alleged crooks and gunmen from identifying plain clothes men while they are engaged in the work of identification themselves.