The Servant in the House (1920)

Drama | July 1920

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HISTORY

Although this film was completed in 1918, there is no indication that it was released before 1920. It had its premiere at the Strand Theater in Washington, D.C. on 20 Jul 1920, but was incorrectly included in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 (F2.4910). The Film Booking Office played the picture as a road show in some areas, while also releasing it through independent exchanges with the option that they control the method of distribution. The Walgreene Film Corp. purchased the rights in Oct-Nov 1920, and one month later arranged to have its films distributed by The Federated Film Exchange of America, Inc., who released it to their exchanges in Feb 1921. Director Jack Conway was called Hugh Ryan Conway in some ... More Less

Although this film was completed in 1918, there is no indication that it was released before 1920. It had its premiere at the Strand Theater in Washington, D.C. on 20 Jul 1920, but was incorrectly included in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 (F2.4910). The Film Booking Office played the picture as a road show in some areas, while also releasing it through independent exchanges with the option that they control the method of distribution. The Walgreene Film Corp. purchased the rights in Oct-Nov 1920, and one month later arranged to have its films distributed by The Federated Film Exchange of America, Inc., who released it to their exchanges in Feb 1921. Director Jack Conway was called Hugh Ryan Conway in some reviews. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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9 May 1920.
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MPN
31 Jul 20
pp. 890-91.
MPW
11 Sep 20
p. 248.
Wid's
22 Aug 20
p. 21.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Servant in the House by Charles Ryan Kennedy (New York, 23 Mar 1908).
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1920
Copyright Claimant:
H. O. Davis
Copyright Date:
1 March 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14942
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8-9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Vicar William Smythe, formerly Bill Smith, is expecting a visit from his brother, the Bishop of Benares, and his rich brother-in-law, the Bishop of Lancaster, from whom he hopes to obtain funds to restore his antiquated church. Benares, however, enters the house in the guise of a servant, Manson, who bears a startling resemblance to the Christ. Robert, the third brother, is rude and uncivilized, but has sacrificed much for the education of his brothers and has received little but ingratitude from the vicar, who is now taking care of his daughter Mary. He is also bitter against the Church because the Bishop of Lancaster's neglect caused the death of his wife. After exposing the Bishop of Lancaster and turning him out of the house, Manson, through his generous spirit, effects a reconciliation among all the members of the family. Robert also becomes less antagonistic toward the Church, and the vicar volunteers to go down into the sewers and clean up the corruption beneath his ... +


Vicar William Smythe, formerly Bill Smith, is expecting a visit from his brother, the Bishop of Benares, and his rich brother-in-law, the Bishop of Lancaster, from whom he hopes to obtain funds to restore his antiquated church. Benares, however, enters the house in the guise of a servant, Manson, who bears a startling resemblance to the Christ. Robert, the third brother, is rude and uncivilized, but has sacrificed much for the education of his brothers and has received little but ingratitude from the vicar, who is now taking care of his daughter Mary. He is also bitter against the Church because the Bishop of Lancaster's neglect caused the death of his wife. After exposing the Bishop of Lancaster and turning him out of the house, Manson, through his generous spirit, effects a reconciliation among all the members of the family. Robert also becomes less antagonistic toward the Church, and the vicar volunteers to go down into the sewers and clean up the corruption beneath his church. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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