The Chicken in the Case (1921)

Comedy | January 1921

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HISTORY

A news item in the 6 Oct 1920 Wid’s Daily reported that casting was underway, and referred to the production by its working title, Lend Me Your Wife. The 16 Oct 1920 Moving Picture World noted that it was lead actor Owen Moore’s inaugural film in his second series of starring vehicles for Selznick Pictures Corp. Myron Selznick was identified as head of production.
       The 30 Oct 1920 Moving Picture World announced Broadway star Katherine Perry as the leading lady. Perry, known for such shows as the Ziegfeld Follies and Midnight Frolics, had recently been awarded “the golden apple” as the most beautiful woman in New York City. That same issue revealed that the working title had already been used for at least one other film, necessitating an official title change to The Chicken in the Case, suggested by staff writer Edmund Goulding for its box-office appeal. The completion of principal photography was reported in the 20 Nov 1920 Moving Picture World.
       The Chicken in the Case made its New York City debut during the week of 24 Jan 1921 at Loew’s Broadway Theatre. A Los Angeles, CA, opening followed during the week of 28 May 1921 at the Garrick Theatre. The 26 Feb 1921 Moving Picture World noted that the film was chosen as the first to be screened at the newly-constructed Pageant Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Reviews were generally enthusiastic. The 15 Jan 1921 Exhibitors Herald recommended a publicity stunt in which an ... More Less

A news item in the 6 Oct 1920 Wid’s Daily reported that casting was underway, and referred to the production by its working title, Lend Me Your Wife. The 16 Oct 1920 Moving Picture World noted that it was lead actor Owen Moore’s inaugural film in his second series of starring vehicles for Selznick Pictures Corp. Myron Selznick was identified as head of production.
       The 30 Oct 1920 Moving Picture World announced Broadway star Katherine Perry as the leading lady. Perry, known for such shows as the Ziegfeld Follies and Midnight Frolics, had recently been awarded “the golden apple” as the most beautiful woman in New York City. That same issue revealed that the working title had already been used for at least one other film, necessitating an official title change to The Chicken in the Case, suggested by staff writer Edmund Goulding for its box-office appeal. The completion of principal photography was reported in the 20 Nov 1920 Moving Picture World.
       The Chicken in the Case made its New York City debut during the week of 24 Jan 1921 at Loew’s Broadway Theatre. A Los Angeles, CA, opening followed during the week of 28 May 1921 at the Garrick Theatre. The 26 Feb 1921 Moving Picture World noted that the film was chosen as the first to be screened at the newly-constructed Pageant Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Reviews were generally enthusiastic. The 15 Jan 1921 Exhibitors Herald recommended a publicity stunt in which an attractive young woman releases a live chicken from a suitcase “on the busiest corner in town.”
       On 30 Jul 1921, Motion Picture News reported Owen Moore’s marriage to co-star Katherine Perry two weeks earlier.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
28 May 1921
p. 14
Exhibitors Herald
15 Jan 1921
p. 68
Exhibitors Herald
5 Feb 1921
p. 81
Motion Picture News
30 Jul 1921
p. 646
Motion Picture News
12 Feb 1921
p. 1352
Moving Picture World
16 Oct 1920
p. 969, 987
Moving Picture World
30 Oct 1920
p. 1230
Moving Picture World
6 Nov 1920
p. 91
Moving Picture World
20 Nov 1920
p. 365
Moving Picture World
5 Feb 1921
p. 728
Moving Picture World
26 Feb 1921
p. 1033, 1066
Wid's Daily
6 Oct 1920
p. 2
Wid's Daily
24 Jan 1921
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Wid's Daily
6 Feb 1921
p. 19
CAST
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lend Me Your Wife
Release Date:
January 1921
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 24 Jan 1921 at Loew's Broadway Theatre; Los Angeles opening: week of 28 May 1921 at the Garrick Theatre
Production Date:
late Sep--Nov 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Selznick Pictures
Copyright Date:
10 January 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16018
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,261
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Threatened with being disinherited by his wealthy Aunt Sarah unless he marries, Steve Perkins introduces Winnie, the wife of Percy Jones, as his own. Complications result as Aunt Sarah attempts to reconcile the apparently troubled couple, and Percy becomes weary of the masquerade. Meanwhile, Steve falls in love with Ruth Whitman, and they marry while Aunt Sarah is in pursuit of Winnie and Percy. Steve finally confesses the hoax to his aunt and receives her forgiveness, along with other ... +


Threatened with being disinherited by his wealthy Aunt Sarah unless he marries, Steve Perkins introduces Winnie, the wife of Percy Jones, as his own. Complications result as Aunt Sarah attempts to reconcile the apparently troubled couple, and Percy becomes weary of the masquerade. Meanwhile, Steve falls in love with Ruth Whitman, and they marry while Aunt Sarah is in pursuit of Winnie and Percy. Steve finally confesses the hoax to his aunt and receives her forgiveness, along with other blessings. +

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