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The play Divorçons was produced in Germany and other countries under the title Cyprienne. It seems to have been produced in the English language under both titles. The first American production, which was entitled Divorçons, opened on Broadway on 14 Mar 1882 and was revived several times during the first decades of the twentieth century. Although the Var review credits William Marshall as the film's cinematographer, most other contemporary sources credit Hal Young.
       Many other adaptations of the Victorien Sardou and Émile de Najac play have been filmed: 1915's Divorçons, produced by Biograph and distributed by General Film Co.; 1925's Kiss Me Again, a Warner Bros. film directed by Ernst Lubitsch; 1927's Don't Tell the Wife, another Warner Bros. version; and 1941's That Uncertain Feeling, released by United Artists and also directed by Lubitsch (see ... More Less

The play Divorçons was produced in Germany and other countries under the title Cyprienne. It seems to have been produced in the English language under both titles. The first American production, which was entitled Divorçons, opened on Broadway on 14 Mar 1882 and was revived several times during the first decades of the twentieth century. Although the Var review credits William Marshall as the film's cinematographer, most other contemporary sources credit Hal Young.
       Many other adaptations of the Victorien Sardou and Émile de Najac play have been filmed: 1915's Divorçons, produced by Biograph and distributed by General Film Co.; 1925's Kiss Me Again, a Warner Bros. film directed by Ernst Lubitsch; 1927's Don't Tell the Wife, another Warner Bros. version; and 1941's That Uncertain Feeling, released by United Artists and also directed by Lubitsch (see entries). More Less

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ETR
27 Apr 18
p. 1695.
ETR
11 May 18
p. 1838.
MPN
4 May 18
p. 2662, 2718
MPW
24 Feb 17
p. 1210, 1249
New York Times
29 Apr 18
p. 11.
NYDM
11 May 18
p. 668.
Variety
26 Apr 18
p. 40.
Wid's
2 May 18
p. 1113.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Divorçons by Victorien Sardou and Émile de Najac (Paris, 6 Dec 1880).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 April 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 April 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12315
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In order to relieve the monotony of her life in a French convent, Cyprienne Marcey indulges in romantic fantasies to such a degree that when her friend Yvonne's brother, Henri de Prunelles, falls in love with Cyprienne, Yvonne suggests that he abduct her from the convent garden rather than stage a conventional wedding. This exciting arrangement pleases Cyprienne, who willingly consents to the elopement, but after Henri has resumed his work as a writer, his young wife becomes restless. Consequently, when Henri's foolish cousin Adhemar flirts with Cyprienne, she convinces herself that she loves him and asks her husband for a divorce. Determined to teach his impulsive wife a lesson, Henri calmly gives his consent and then feigns interest in another woman while she entertains Adhemar. Because her meetings with Adhemar are no longer clandestine, Cyprienne loses interest in him until finally, she begs her husband's forgiveness and settles happily into married ... +


In order to relieve the monotony of her life in a French convent, Cyprienne Marcey indulges in romantic fantasies to such a degree that when her friend Yvonne's brother, Henri de Prunelles, falls in love with Cyprienne, Yvonne suggests that he abduct her from the convent garden rather than stage a conventional wedding. This exciting arrangement pleases Cyprienne, who willingly consents to the elopement, but after Henri has resumed his work as a writer, his young wife becomes restless. Consequently, when Henri's foolish cousin Adhemar flirts with Cyprienne, she convinces herself that she loves him and asks her husband for a divorce. Determined to teach his impulsive wife a lesson, Henri calmly gives his consent and then feigns interest in another woman while she entertains Adhemar. Because her meetings with Adhemar are no longer clandestine, Cyprienne loses interest in him until finally, she begs her husband's forgiveness and settles happily into married life. +

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