Come on Over, was released on at the end of February. On March 5th the Los Angeles Times reported “Film Press Men Plan Big Frolic.” ...Western Motion Picture Advertisers announced March 4th the first Wampas Frolic, to be held March 16th at the Ambassador Hotel to honor the thirteen “baby stars” predicted to become famous, among them Colleen. Victor Herbert was to return to LA to conduct the Hale Dewey Orchestra for the event. A week later Adele Rogers St. Johns reported that: “Of them all (the WAMPAS Baby Stars), I found the most honest enthusiasm, the most confident praise and prediction behind Colleen Moore.”
A week later The Wallflower was released. Affinities followed four months later, but the series ever materialized. There was another trip to New York, and while there she was interviewed by Gladys Hall, of the Chicago Daily News. Portions of the interview were reprinted in The Flapper--Not for Old Fogies--and during the course of the interview the subject of Flapper came up.
In December, the films Foresaking All Others, The Nine and Ninety, and Broken Chains were released a week apart each: on the 10th, the 17th, and the 24th. They were produced (in order) by Universal, Vitagraph, and Goldwyn Pictures. She still had not found a home studio, and that no doubt contributed to the failure of her career to get some traction. After five years in the business, she had hoped to be further along then she was. She had a talent, there was no doubt about that. She was a hard worker and had a strong fan base. However, the stardom she sought still eluded her.
January 1923 saw the company of Boni & Liveright at 61 West 48th Street publish the book Flaming Youth, by "Warner Fabian," a pseudonym for Samuel Hopkins Adams. Adams said he had based the book on the diaries of “a young friend,” and the book took that general format: an older, respectable man recounting in an almost diary form the events that swirled around a family of three modern women and their father after the death of their mother. It was an unorthodox lifestyle the family lived, not at all what the American public expected of the upper classes: parties and drinking and petting, the daughters and their various lovers, and a degree of drama. It was filled with some hot stuff, showed the younger generation not only doing everything the public had hear whispers about, but enjoying it all. It was a topical book, encapsulating the mood of the moment, and that was the sort of material that Liveright liked. The book was a sensation, scandalous. It shocked reader who nevertheless could not put the book down. Everyone wondered who "Warner Fabian" was, and the mystery around his identity became part of the marketing of the book. First National picked up the rights to the book right away: they wanted to start production on a film version right away to capitalize on the still-flaming sensation
In May, Colleen signed a contract for three films with Associated First National Pictures. She had been a highly regarded actress with a track record of popular films, an up-and-comer. It doubtless did not hurt that she had John McCormick campaigning for her. Not only was she is fiancée, but he saw a special quality in her. "Realizing the important relation of good players to the successful screening of good stories," the Los Angeles Times reported on May 3rd, "it is announced that this company will groom its most promising young players by means of leading roles and featured parts until stardom is justified.