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According to a studio time-table in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond, the film, under the working title In Name Only, was in pre-production.
       Some contemporary reviews list the titel of Edwin Justus Mayer's original story as "In Name Only."
       Display ads and reviews in newspapers reveal that the film played throughout the East and Mid-West from 31 Dec 1927 through Jan 1928. Additional openings were reported in various cities from Mar through Jun 1928, then again from Sep through Dec 1928. Contemporary sources suggest that the picture was cut to five reels, possibly in mid-Mar 1928.
       ^Var reviewed Husbands for Rent twice, first on 4 Jul 1928 following the picture's 28 Jun 1927 New York City showing at the Tivoli Theatre, then again on 25 Jul 1927, after the film opened at Fox's Academy of Music Theatre on 23 Jul. Both reviews listed an approximate running time of 60 min. ... More Less

According to a studio time-table in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond, the film, under the working title In Name Only, was in pre-production.
       Some contemporary reviews list the titel of Edwin Justus Mayer's original story as "In Name Only."
       Display ads and reviews in newspapers reveal that the film played throughout the East and Mid-West from 31 Dec 1927 through Jan 1928. Additional openings were reported in various cities from Mar through Jun 1928, then again from Sep through Dec 1928. Contemporary sources suggest that the picture was cut to five reels, possibly in mid-Mar 1928.
       ^Var reviewed Husbands for Rent twice, first on 4 Jul 1928 following the picture's 28 Jun 1927 New York City showing at the Tivoli Theatre, then again on 25 Jul 1927, after the film opened at Fox's Academy of Music Theatre on 23 Jul. Both reviews listed an approximate running time of 60 min. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Evening Tribune (Providence)
9 Dec 1927
p. 22.
Film Daily
30 Sep 1927.
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Hollywood Vagabond
6 Oct 1927
p. 6.
Variety
4 Jul 1928
p. 23.
Variety
25 Jul 1928
p. 28.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
In Name Only
Release Date:
31 December 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 December 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24792
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,200
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Herbert Willis, nephew of Sir Reginald Knight, and Doris, Knight's ward, plan to announce their engagement until Hugh Frazer, a dashing young cavalier, woos Doris and she falls for him. Meanwhile, Herbert has fallen in love with Molly Devoe, a striking beauty. Hugh and Doris announce their engagement, planning to have a double wedding with Herbert and Molly, although Hugh and Molly are strongly attracted to each other. On the eve of the double wedding, Hugh and Molly elope, and, Sir Reginald, seeing a way to save the situation, persuades Doris and Herbert to marry. After their doubts about each other are erased, Doris and Herbert settle into a happy ... +


Herbert Willis, nephew of Sir Reginald Knight, and Doris, Knight's ward, plan to announce their engagement until Hugh Frazer, a dashing young cavalier, woos Doris and she falls for him. Meanwhile, Herbert has fallen in love with Molly Devoe, a striking beauty. Hugh and Doris announce their engagement, planning to have a double wedding with Herbert and Molly, although Hugh and Molly are strongly attracted to each other. On the eve of the double wedding, Hugh and Molly elope, and, Sir Reginald, seeing a way to save the situation, persuades Doris and Herbert to marry. After their doubts about each other are erased, Doris and Herbert settle into a happy marriage. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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