My American Wife (1923)

Melodrama | 11 February 1923

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HISTORY

On 22 Sep 1922, FD indicated that Antonio Moreno and Gloria Swanson had “started work” on My American Wife. According to a studio chart in the 30 Sep 1922 Camera, the film was in the third week of production. Two months later, a 16 Nov 1922 FD news item stated that filming had ended.
       The 3 Feb 1923 Var review commended the film’s high production values and remarked that Swanson’s wardrobe surpassed the “customary huge outlay” for a leading actress. The trade journal predicted that audiences would be “adequately entertained” by what amounted to a “veritable fashion show.” My American Wife was selected as the first picture to screen at Grauman’s Metropolitan in Los Angeles, CA, when the theater opened in late Jan ... More Less

On 22 Sep 1922, FD indicated that Antonio Moreno and Gloria Swanson had “started work” on My American Wife. According to a studio chart in the 30 Sep 1922 Camera, the film was in the third week of production. Two months later, a 16 Nov 1922 FD news item stated that filming had ended.
       The 3 Feb 1923 Var review commended the film’s high production values and remarked that Swanson’s wardrobe surpassed the “customary huge outlay” for a leading actress. The trade journal predicted that audiences would be “adequately entertained” by what amounted to a “veritable fashion show.” My American Wife was selected as the first picture to screen at Grauman’s Metropolitan in Los Angeles, CA, when the theater opened in late Jan 1923. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
30 Sep 1922.
p. 11.
Exhibitors Herald
24 Feb 1923
p.45.
Film Daily
22 Sep 1922.
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Film Daily
16 Nov 1922.
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Variety
3 Feb 1923.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
His American Wife
Release Date:
11 February 1923
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 December 1922
Production Date:
September--November 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 January 1923
Copyright Number:
LP18599
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,091
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A horserace brings together Kentuckian Natalie Chester and Argentinean Manuel La Tassa. At a party Pedro De Grossa insults Natalie, and consequently Manuel challenges him to a duel. To assure his son's success Carlos De Grossa hires Gomez to ambush Manuel. While Manuel is recuperating Natalie discovers the perfidy. She bribes Gomez to expose the De Grossas, Pedro leaves the country, and Manuel finally accepts his duty to participate in his government with the help of Natalie, his new ... +


A horserace brings together Kentuckian Natalie Chester and Argentinean Manuel La Tassa. At a party Pedro De Grossa insults Natalie, and consequently Manuel challenges him to a duel. To assure his son's success Carlos De Grossa hires Gomez to ambush Manuel. While Manuel is recuperating Natalie discovers the perfidy. She bribes Gomez to expose the De Grossas, Pedro leaves the country, and Manuel finally accepts his duty to participate in his government with the help of Natalie, his new wife. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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