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The 10 Apr 1920 Camera announced that George Melford was filming The Translation of a Savage, which was later retitled Behold My Wife.
       The film had pre-release showings in New York in Oct 1920.
       Paramount remade the film as Behold My Wife! in 1934, with Sylvia Sidney starring and Mitchell Leisen ... More Less

The 10 Apr 1920 Camera announced that George Melford was filming The Translation of a Savage, which was later retitled Behold My Wife.
       The film had pre-release showings in New York in Oct 1920.
       Paramount remade the film as Behold My Wife! in 1934, with Sylvia Sidney starring and Mitchell Leisen directing. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
10 Apr 1920
p. 6.
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Oct 20
p. 2187.
Motion Picture News
20 Nov 20
p. 3924.
Moving Picture World
23 Oct 20
p. 1153.
New York Times
13 Nov 20
p. 251.
Wid's Daily
17 Oct 20
p. 7.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Translation of a Savage
Release Date:
7 November 1920
Premiere Information:
New York pre-release screenings: October 1920
Production Date:
In production in early April 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 September 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15555
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,556
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Frank Armour, the son of an aristocratic British family, emigrates to Canada where he receives news that his fiancée Julia Haldwell, has married another man with the blessing of the Armours. To humiliate his family, Frank marries a half-breed Indian, Lali, and sends her back to England where his crippled brother Richard befriends and educates her. As Lali becomes a lady and bears Frank a son, Frank degenerates into drunkenness. Saved by an American engineer, Frank returns to England. Ashamed of his treatment of Lali, he plans to return her to her tribe, but discovers that she is now a respected pillar of society. Frank begs Lali's forgiveness and they are ... +


Frank Armour, the son of an aristocratic British family, emigrates to Canada where he receives news that his fiancée Julia Haldwell, has married another man with the blessing of the Armours. To humiliate his family, Frank marries a half-breed Indian, Lali, and sends her back to England where his crippled brother Richard befriends and educates her. As Lali becomes a lady and bears Frank a son, Frank degenerates into drunkenness. Saved by an American engineer, Frank returns to England. Ashamed of his treatment of Lali, he plans to return her to her tribe, but discovers that she is now a respected pillar of society. Frank begs Lali's forgiveness and they are reconciled. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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