The Amateur Wife (1920)

Drama | 22 February 1920

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HISTORY

Reviews credit William P. Carleton with acting in this film, while the 1921 MPSD gives credit to William T. ... More Less

Reviews credit William P. Carleton with acting in this film, while the 1921 MPSD gives credit to William T. Carleton. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
6 Mar 20
p. 1444.
MPN
20 Mar 20
p. 2779.
MPN
8 May 20
p. 4068.
MPW
12 Jul 19
p. 281, 283
Variety
30 Apr 20
pp. 43-44.
Wid's
2 May 20
p. 12.
CAST
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PRODUCTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Miss Antique" by Nalbro Bartley in Snappy Stories (1 Jan 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 February 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 February 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14755
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,358
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Her education in a French convent school completed, plain Justine Spencer returns to New York. There she is shocked to discover that her mother Dodo is a flamboyant musical comedy actress with many male admirers. Dodo, on the other hand, is dismayed to find Justine priggish and dowdy. One of Dodo's suitors is Billy Ferris, who, in a fit of jealousy, murders her and slays himself. Out of pity, Cosmo Spotiswood, another admirer of Dodo, marries Justine, but soon tires of his platonic marriage and leaves for Europe. Upon his return, Cosmo finds Justine transformed. Under the tutelage of Dodo's maid Loti, she has bobbed her hair and donned fashionable apparel. Thus changed, Justine is surrounded by suitors. Stung by jealousy, Cosmo falls in love with his sophisticated ... +


Her education in a French convent school completed, plain Justine Spencer returns to New York. There she is shocked to discover that her mother Dodo is a flamboyant musical comedy actress with many male admirers. Dodo, on the other hand, is dismayed to find Justine priggish and dowdy. One of Dodo's suitors is Billy Ferris, who, in a fit of jealousy, murders her and slays himself. Out of pity, Cosmo Spotiswood, another admirer of Dodo, marries Justine, but soon tires of his platonic marriage and leaves for Europe. Upon his return, Cosmo finds Justine transformed. Under the tutelage of Dodo's maid Loti, she has bobbed her hair and donned fashionable apparel. Thus changed, Justine is surrounded by suitors. Stung by jealousy, Cosmo falls in love with his sophisticated wife. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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