MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 29,864 this week

Old Wives for New (1918)

 |  Drama  |  19 May 1918 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 118 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 1 critic

Charles Murdock neglects his fat and lazy wife in favor of Juliet Raeburn but, when Juliet's name is involved in murder, he marries Viola and takes her to Paris.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

Top Movies of the Teens
| Alt Film Guide
Towards A Pure Fiction: Cecil B. DeMille
| MUBI

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 99 titles
created 20 Jan 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 248 titles
created 07 Nov 2013
 
a list of 5614 titles
created 08 Nov 2013
 
a list of 2202 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Old Wives for New (1918)

Old Wives for New (1918) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Old Wives for New.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Cheat (1915)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Though betrothed to fellow socialite Richard, Iris weds her chauffeur Tom leaving Richard to marry the family laundress' daughter Shamrock. Class differences lead to divorces and remarriages.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Leatrice Joy, Conrad Nagel, Edith Roberts
Queen Kelly (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.

Directors: Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Raymond Hatton, Kathlyn Williams, Edythe Chapman
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt of the tablets and the worship of the golden calf. The second part shows the efficacy ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Estelle Taylor
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi
The Buccaneer (1938)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff
Dynamite (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford
The Virginian (1914)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Dustin Farnum, Jack W. Johnston, Sydney Deane
Adam's Rib (1923)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Michael Ramsay only has time for gathering his fortune in wheat. His wife seeks comfort elsewhere and, to avoid a scandal, her daughter Matilda assumes her mother's guilt. Ramsay nearly goes broke but gets rich again; his wife returns.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Milton Sills, Elliott Dexter, Theodore Kosloff
Revolutionary (1917)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1907, the Russian authorities learn that a revolutionary known as 'Granddad' is living in hiding with his brother. The revolutionary is soon arrested and sent to Siberia. After ten years... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Stars: Ivane Perestiani, Vladimir Strizhevsky, Zoya Barantsevich
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elliott Dexter ...
...
Juliet Raeburn
Sylvia Ashton ...
Sophy Murdock
...
Sophy in Prologue
Theodore Roberts ...
Tom Berkeley
...
Norma Murdock
Marcia Manon ...
Viola Hastings
...
Jessie
J. Parks Jones ...
Edna Mae Cooper ...
Bertha
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Melville Bladen
...
Simcox
Lillian Leighton ...
Maid
Mayme Kelso ...
Housekeeper
...
Saleslady (as Alice Taafe)
Edit

Storyline

Charles Murdock neglects his fat and lazy wife in favor of Juliet Raeburn but, when Juliet's name is involved in murder, he marries Viola and takes her to Paris. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hustru - Moder - Elskerinde  »

Box Office

Budget:

$66,241 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Tom Berkeley: [after he has been shot] She didn't do it - it was the little one! This must be hushed up, Charlie - damn it all, my reputation *must* be saved!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Interesting But Not Great Early Demille
29 December 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This Demille social drama from 1918 is an early example of one of his themes, a social drama of how the upper classes live. It lacks the opulent decadence of his Gloria Swanson period but is more concerned with telling the story of how Elliott Dexter and Florence Vidor come to fall in love, run into difficulties -- he is married to Sylvia Ashton, who has let herself get fat and unappealing -- and eventually get together. The story is rather complicated and, as usual Teddy Roberts gets to steal the show, particularly in his death scene. Alvin Wyckoff is Demille's cameraman in this one and he comes up with some beautiful compositions that are very subtle -- despite a frame that is invariably filled with detail, you look where Demille wants you to. But the costume design is, alas, overly ornate, distracting and ridiculous, and the leads can't really hold the screen in a convincing fashion.

Demille would do this sort of movie much better and in short order, stripping the story line to essentials and adding in lions, tigers and lots of half-dressed women. Don't get me wrong: I'm pleased to see this early Demille available again, and it fills in an important gap in his filmography, but it is certainly not one of his best works. See it if you have a yen, but don't expect miracles.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Old Wives for New (1918) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?