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The January 1924 issue of American Cinematographer reported that William Seiter was set to direct How to Educate a Wife, with cinematographer John Stumar behind the camera. However, neither man remained with the project. The following month, a 24 February 1924 Film Daily news brief reported that Monta Bell was attached to direct. Filming was scheduled to begin on 10 March 1924 at Warner Brothers Pictures’ studio in Hollywood, CA, according to the 28 February 1924 Film Daily. Louise Fazenda was initially cast in a leading role, along with Marie Prevost and Monte Blue, as noted in the 5 April 1924 Motion Picture News, which also listed Lydia Yeamans Titus as a supporting cast member. Principal photography ended in early April 1924. An item in the 4 April 1924 Los Angeles Evening Post-Record noted that one of the last scenes was shot in the lobby of a Hollywood hotel. Months later, the July 1924 Motion Picture Magazine erroneously reported that Monte Blue “had to be out of the cast of ‘How to Educate a Wife’ because of an infected eye.”
       A release date of 1 May 1924 was cited in the October 1924 Motion Picture News Booking Guide. A review in the 31 May 1924 Exhibitors Herald indicated that Warner Brothers Pictures distributed this film via the states’ rights market.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included How to Educate a Wife on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021. ...

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The January 1924 issue of American Cinematographer reported that William Seiter was set to direct How to Educate a Wife, with cinematographer John Stumar behind the camera. However, neither man remained with the project. The following month, a 24 February 1924 Film Daily news brief reported that Monta Bell was attached to direct. Filming was scheduled to begin on 10 March 1924 at Warner Brothers Pictures’ studio in Hollywood, CA, according to the 28 February 1924 Film Daily. Louise Fazenda was initially cast in a leading role, along with Marie Prevost and Monte Blue, as noted in the 5 April 1924 Motion Picture News, which also listed Lydia Yeamans Titus as a supporting cast member. Principal photography ended in early April 1924. An item in the 4 April 1924 Los Angeles Evening Post-Record noted that one of the last scenes was shot in the lobby of a Hollywood hotel. Months later, the July 1924 Motion Picture Magazine erroneously reported that Monte Blue “had to be out of the cast of ‘How to Educate a Wife’ because of an infected eye.”
       A release date of 1 May 1924 was cited in the October 1924 Motion Picture News Booking Guide. A review in the 31 May 1924 Exhibitors Herald indicated that Warner Brothers Pictures distributed this film via the states’ rights market.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included How to Educate a Wife on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jan 1924
p. 25
Boston Globe
20 May 1924
p. 13
Exhibitors Herald
31 May 1924
p. 77
Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Mar 1924
p. 16
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 May 1924
p. 18
Film Daily
24 Feb 1924
p. 12
Film Daily
28 Feb 1924
p. 2
Los Angeles Evening Citizen News
9 Apr 1924
p. 14
Los Angeles Evening Post-Record
4 Apr 1924
p. 21
Motion Picture Magazine
Jul 1924
p. 84
Motion Picture News
5 Jan 1924
p. 55
Motion Picture News
8 Mar 1924
p. 1076
Motion Picture News
5 Apr 1924
p. 1527
Motion Picture News Booking Guide
Oct 1924
p. 28
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 May 1924
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: week of 20 May 1924
Production Date:
began 10 Mar 1924
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Brothers Pictures
21 May 1924
LP20226
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,800
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Business failure Ernest Todd is advised by his friend, Billy Breese, to enlist his wife's charms as a means of winning customers. Although his wife is willing, he objects, and she leaves him when he protests her "stepping out" with a prospect. Later they meet, and pretending reconciliation they invite a friend to sign an important document. All goes amiss in a runaway auto, but he signs and the couple are ...

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Business failure Ernest Todd is advised by his friend, Billy Breese, to enlist his wife's charms as a means of winning customers. Although his wife is willing, he objects, and she leaves him when he protests her "stepping out" with a prospect. Later they meet, and pretending reconciliation they invite a friend to sign an important document. All goes amiss in a runaway auto, but he signs and the couple are reunited.

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

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