Why Change Your Wife? (1920)

Comedy | 2 May 1920

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HISTORY

The film had various pre-release showings throughout the country before its national release on 2 May 1920. According to a news item, this film contained certain scenes in which color was added by a patented process, owned by Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which involved chemical dyes and specially planned photography. Director Cecil B. DeMille noted that the process's chief value was in heightening artistic lighting effects. Although skeptical about its use for general production work, DeMille was enthusiastic about the emotional effects achieved by its incidental use in certain scenes.
       In his autobiography, DeMille stated that his brother William planned to direct this film with Elliott Dexter starring, but when Dexter became ill, he (Cecil) took over the idea and produced his own film with it. According to modern sources, William (Bill) Boyd who was later famous for his portrayal of Hopalong Cassidy, made his motion picture debut in this film as an ... More Less

The film had various pre-release showings throughout the country before its national release on 2 May 1920. According to a news item, this film contained certain scenes in which color was added by a patented process, owned by Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which involved chemical dyes and specially planned photography. Director Cecil B. DeMille noted that the process's chief value was in heightening artistic lighting effects. Although skeptical about its use for general production work, DeMille was enthusiastic about the emotional effects achieved by its incidental use in certain scenes.
       In his autobiography, DeMille stated that his brother William planned to direct this film with Elliott Dexter starring, but when Dexter became ill, he (Cecil) took over the idea and produced his own film with it. According to modern sources, William (Bill) Boyd who was later famous for his portrayal of Hopalong Cassidy, made his motion picture debut in this film as an extra. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Mar 20
p. 1571.
MPN
6 Mar 20
p. 2389.
MPN
13 Mar 20
p. 2516.
MPW
3 Jul 20
p. 42.
MPW
21 Feb 20
pp. 1142-43.
MPW
6 Mar 20
p. 1678.
New York Times
26 Apr 20
p. 18.
Variety
12 Mar 20
p. 55.
Wid's
2 May 20
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Cecil B DeMille's Production
A Famous Players-Lasky Super-Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 May 1920
Production Date:
2 September--22 October 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 February 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14751
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
With color tinted sequences
Length(in feet):
7,613
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After ten years of marriage, Beth and Robert Gordon are rapidly drifting apart. Beth has high brow tastes while her husband prefers baser pleasures. One night, Robert becomes romantically involved with Sally Clark, and when Beth finds out, she demands a divorce. Robert marries Sally, and while they are vacationing at a fashionable summer resort, Robert meets Beth. She has transformed herself into a desirable woman and Robert discovers that the old spark of love is rekindled. Later, Robert meets Beth again, and while they are walking together, he slips and falls. Beth takes the injured Robert home, and when Sally learns of the accident, she demands her husband back. At the conclusion of the ensuing battle between the women, Beth wins back her husband while Sally contents herself with ... +


After ten years of marriage, Beth and Robert Gordon are rapidly drifting apart. Beth has high brow tastes while her husband prefers baser pleasures. One night, Robert becomes romantically involved with Sally Clark, and when Beth finds out, she demands a divorce. Robert marries Sally, and while they are vacationing at a fashionable summer resort, Robert meets Beth. She has transformed herself into a desirable woman and Robert discovers that the old spark of love is rekindled. Later, Robert meets Beth again, and while they are walking together, he slips and falls. Beth takes the injured Robert home, and when Sally learns of the accident, she demands her husband back. At the conclusion of the ensuing battle between the women, Beth wins back her husband while Sally contents herself with alimony. +

GENRE
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Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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