The World and His Wife (1920)

Drama | 25 July 1920

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HISTORY

Charles Frederic Nirdlinger wrote an English adaptation of the stage play, which had its premiere in New York on 3 Nov 1908; the film was based on Nirdlinger's adaptation. M-G-M Pictures produced a film entitled Lovers? based on the same source, which was directed by John M. Stahl and starred Ramon Novarro and Alice Terry. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3260.) ...

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Charles Frederic Nirdlinger wrote an English adaptation of the stage play, which had its premiere in New York on 3 Nov 1908; the film was based on Nirdlinger's adaptation. M-G-M Pictures produced a film entitled Lovers? based on the same source, which was directed by John M. Stahl and starred Ramon Novarro and Alice Terry. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3260.)

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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
31 Jul 20
p. 946.
MPN
3 Apr 20
p. 3131.
MPN
3 Jul 20
p. 247.
MPN
4 Dec 20
p. 4339.
MPN
31 Jul 20
p. 952, 978, 1003
MPN
6 Nov 20
p. 3579.
MPW
31 Jul 20
p. 638.
New York Morning Telegraph
25 Jul 1920.
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New York Times
19 Jul 20
p. 16.
Variety
23 Jul 20
p. 33.
Wid's
18 Jul 20
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 July 1920
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
International Film Service, Co., Inc.
12 July 1920
LP15353
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,702
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Don Julian, an elderly Spanish nobleman, is happily married to Teodora, a beautiful young girl, when Don Julian's protégé, the young poet Ernest, comes to live with them. Although Teodora entertains only motherly feelings towards Ernesto, vicious gossips spread false rumors of a love affair between the two people. Don Alvarez, the most bitter slanderer of all, finally arouses Ernesto's rage and a duel is arranged. Don Julian, realizing that the youth is no match for one of the best swordsmen in Spain, forces the slanderer into a fight with him in which Don Alvarez is killed and Don Julian gravely wounded. Ernesto calls upon the dying Don Julian to convince him of his wife's innocence, but the husband, misled by his brother Severo, believes the youth has come to visit Teodora. Don Julian rises from his bed, denounces his wife and dies, ironically driving Ernesto and Teodora from the house to face the world ...

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Don Julian, an elderly Spanish nobleman, is happily married to Teodora, a beautiful young girl, when Don Julian's protégé, the young poet Ernest, comes to live with them. Although Teodora entertains only motherly feelings towards Ernesto, vicious gossips spread false rumors of a love affair between the two people. Don Alvarez, the most bitter slanderer of all, finally arouses Ernesto's rage and a duel is arranged. Don Julian, realizing that the youth is no match for one of the best swordsmen in Spain, forces the slanderer into a fight with him in which Don Alvarez is killed and Don Julian gravely wounded. Ernesto calls upon the dying Don Julian to convince him of his wife's innocence, but the husband, misled by his brother Severo, believes the youth has come to visit Teodora. Don Julian rises from his bed, denounces his wife and dies, ironically driving Ernesto and Teodora from the house to face the world together.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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