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Colleen's contract with Associated First National Pictures was signed on May 18th, 1923, and was for a term of three years. During this time she was to be paid a salary of $1200 per week and appear in leading roles in her films. Her first two roles, as laid out in her contract, were to be The
Huntress and Flaming Youth. The Huntress received a luke-warm reception when released, but Flaming Youth would turn out to be a different matter. Benefitting from the notoriety of the novel, the movie took that infamy another step. A poor adaptation could have been a costly bomb, and an unconvincing depiction of Patricia Frentiss, the central character Flaming Youth, might have sunk Colleen’s career. However, Colleen was up to the challenge, presenting on the screen a character that was both youthful and worldly at the same time.

Flaming Youth was the film that would finally cement Colleen's fame and influence public perceptions of the actress for the rest of her career. Coinciding with the recognition she was to receive from Flaming Youth would come her marriage and sudden popularity. In a very short period of time, all the hard work would pay off. Always a popular and busy actress, the demand for all things "Colleen Moore" would soar, and instead of adapting herself to the roles available, the roles in motion pictures would begin to adapt themselves to her.

However, Colleen would learn in time that there were still challenges ahead in her personal life.