Old Wives for New (1918)

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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.


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


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>

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19 May 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hustru - Moder - Elskerinde  »

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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!
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The first DeMille bathing scene
14 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Old Wives For New retained a special place in the list of Cecil B. DeMille films. He was noted for always having some kind of a bathroom scene in his movies and in Old Wives For New had the first one. DeMille states in his memoirs it was hardly for anything salacious. It involved Elliott Dexter trying to have his early morning shave in a rather badly kept bathroom courtesy of his slovenly wife Sylvia Ashton. There's a great scene also with Ashton eating chocolate candies, a hard thing to resist I can tell you. But in her case it so reminded me of Peg Bundy on the living room couch.

No wonder Dexter just decides to pursue pretty young Florence Vidor. But she herself gets into a jackpot being dragged into the murder of elderly roué Theodore Roberts. Roberts was an old time stage actor best known for playing Moses in the silent version of The Ten Commandments, but he's far from a prophet of God here. Of course it all works out in the end.

Of course it's also dated. Still it provides an interesting look in the mores of America in the years of World War I.

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