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       Good References, long thought to be a lost film, was found in the Czech Republic, restored by the University of California, Los Angeles, and screened 1 Jun 2018 at the 23rd Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, in San Francisco, ... More Less

       Good References, long thought to be a lost film, was found in the Czech Republic, restored by the University of California, Los Angeles, and screened 1 Jun 2018 at the 23rd Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, in San Francisco, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
2 Oct 1920
p. 1924.
Motion Picture News
28 Aug 1920
pp. 1660-61.
Motion Picture News
16 Oct 1920
p. 3086.
Moving Picture World
23 Jul 1920
p. 33.
New York Morning Telegraph
26 Sep 1920.
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Wid's
26 Sep 1920
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
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Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
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PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Good References by E. J. Rath (pseud. of Chauncey Corey Brainerd and Mrs. Edith Rathbone [Jacobs] Brainerd) (London, 1920).
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1920
Copyright Claimants:
Joseph M. Schenck Joseph M. Schenck
Copyright Dates:
6 October 1920 28 February 1921
Copyright Numbers:
LU15631 LP16179
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Having never worked and therefore lacking references, stenographer Mary Wayne finds it impossible to gain employment. Consequently, when her friend Nell Norcross falls ill after being hired as secretary to elderly socialite Caroline Marshall, she suggests that Mary impersonate her. Seizing the opportunity, Mary soon finds herself installed as private secretary to Caroline's roughneck nephew, William, who has just been kicked out of college. One of her first tasks consists of bailing her employer out of jail. Later, when William insists upon inviting boxer Kid Whaley to his aunt's social gathering, the Kid causes such a scandal that the Marshalls are obliged to absent themselves on a cruise until the affair blows over. Bill continues to get into scrapes and Mary continues to bail him out, until they discover that they cannot get along without each other. Mary finally admits her deception but is forgiven by Aunt Caroline, who offers the couple her ... +


Having never worked and therefore lacking references, stenographer Mary Wayne finds it impossible to gain employment. Consequently, when her friend Nell Norcross falls ill after being hired as secretary to elderly socialite Caroline Marshall, she suggests that Mary impersonate her. Seizing the opportunity, Mary soon finds herself installed as private secretary to Caroline's roughneck nephew, William, who has just been kicked out of college. One of her first tasks consists of bailing her employer out of jail. Later, when William insists upon inviting boxer Kid Whaley to his aunt's social gathering, the Kid causes such a scandal that the Marshalls are obliged to absent themselves on a cruise until the affair blows over. Bill continues to get into scrapes and Mary continues to bail him out, until they discover that they cannot get along without each other. Mary finally admits her deception but is forgiven by Aunt Caroline, who offers the couple her blessings. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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