Old Wives for New

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille, USA, 1918

USA, 1918


Cast and Credits

Production Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distribution Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Producer Jesse L. Lasky
Cecil B. DeMille
Director Cecil B. DeMille
Assistant Director Sam Wood
Sam Wood
Scenario Jeanie Macpherson
Based on Jeanie Macpherson [Novel]
Director of Photography Alvin Wyckoff
Composer Louis F. Gottschalk
Editor Cecil B. DeMille
Art Director Wilfred Buckland
Costume Design Wilfred Buckland
Cast Elliott Dexter [Charles Murdock]
Florence Vidor [Juliet Raeburn]
Sylvia Ashton [Sophy Murdock]
Wanda Hawley [Sophy (18 Jahre)]
Theodore Roberts [Berkeley]
Helen Jerome Eddy [Norma Murdock]
Marcia Manon [Viola]
Edna Mae Cooper [Bertha]
Julia Faye [Jessie]
J. Parks Jones [Charley Murdock]
Mayme Kelso [Housekeeper]
Lillian Leighton [Maid]
Tully Marshall [Simcox]
Alice Terry [Verkaeuferin (as Alice Taaffe)]
Gustav von Seyffertitz [Bladen]
Noah Beery [Doctor (not credited)]
Edythe Chapman [Mrs. Berkeley (not credited)]
Charles Ogle [(not credited)]

Technical specifications
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,Length: 60 minutes, 6 reels
Sound System: silent
First Screening: June 16, 1918 in USA
US Copyright: May 06, 1918 - ©LP 12399
Survival Status: Prints of this picture exist [Archiv: George Eastman House (Rochester)]

Synopsis in German
Noch als ganz junger Mann hat Charles Murdock die schöne Sophy geheiratet, und das glückliche Paar hat zwei Kinder. Aber jetzt, zwanzig Jahre später, ist Sophy dick und träge geworden, während Charles sich immer noch rüstig und unternehmungslustig fühlt. Auf einem Jagdausflug mit seinem Sohn trifft er die junge Juliet Reaburn und verliebt sich in sie, doch als er ihr gesteht, dass er verheiratet ist, meidet sie ihn. Zurück in New York versucht Charles, der unterdessen die Scheidung von Sophy eingereicht hat, Juliet bei einer Party mit seinem Partner Berkeley zu vergessen. Nach dem Abend wird Berkeley von der eifersüchtig gewordenen Geliebten Jessie tödlich verwundet, noch gelingt es Berkeley, Murdock zu rufen und ihn zu bitten, den Skandal zu vertuschen. Doch auch Sophy, der Murdocks Sekretär Avancen macht, hat von dem Verhältnis des Ehemanns erfahren, und klagt nun selbst auf Scheidung: Charles Murdock schifft sich mit Viola, einem früheren Model Juliets nach Europa ein, um die Presse von Juliet abzulenken. In Venedig, wohin auch Juliet gereist ist, klärt sich schliesslich das Missverständnis: Charles liebt Juliet, der Sekretär hat sich Sophy (und eine fette Mitgift) geangelt: Old Wives for New...

Reviews in German: «David Graham Phillips's "Old Wives for New" furnished Cecil B. DeMille material for the photoplay at the Rivoli this week, and, apparently, Mr. De Mille made the most of his material. As a work of careful and realistic staging, "Old Wives for New" is an accomplishment, and many will enjoy it because of this, but the question is, was the material worth all of the effort put upon it by director and actors? The story is about a man who had preserved his youth and taste for refinement while his wife had permitted herself to become a frowzy old frump whom even the best of husbands could not love and admire. The husband meets a charming young woman and wants to separate from his wife by amicable divorce so that he can marry the other woman. But the wife maintains her rights and the other woman insists on a divorce, so the problem cannot be solved nicely and develops all sorts of complications and difficulties before the man is finally free to marry the woman of his second choice. There is undoubtedly material for a real study of life in "Old Wives for New," but, because of Mr. Phillips or Jeanie Macpherson, who wrote the scenario, the picture play as presented is not much more than a rather highly colored melodrama.» (New York Times, 20. Mai 1918)
Remarks and general Information in German: Alice Terry in einer frühen Rolle als Verkäuferin im Modesalon

General Information

Old Wives for New is a motion picture produced in the year 1918 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, with Elliott Dexter, Florence Vidor, Sylvia Ashton, Wanda Hawley, Theodore Roberts, in the leading parts.

Bibliography ETR 1 Jun 18 pp. 2078-81, 2083, 2084
MPN 8 Jun 18 p. 3453.
MPN 15 Jun 18 p. 3579.
MPN 13 Jul 18 p. 255.
MPW 25 May 18 p. 1191.
MPW 8 Jun 18 p. 1470.
NYDM 1 Jun 18 p. 777.
New York Times 20 May 18 p. 9.
Photoplay Aug 18 p. 95, 102
Variety 24 May 18 p. 40.
Wid's 26 May 18 pp. 27-28.

DeWitt Bodeen, Films in Review, March 1975, Alice Terry Filmography # 4;
Anthony Slide, Selected Film Criticism 1912-1920, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen 1982, pg 184;

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