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Old Wives for New (1918)

 |  Drama  |  19 May 1918 (USA)
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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 ...
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Juliet Raeburn
Sylvia Ashton ...
Sophy Murdock
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Sophy in Prologue
Theodore Roberts ...
Tom Berkeley
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Norma Murdock
Marcia Manon ...
Viola Hastings
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Jessie
J. Parks Jones ...
Edna Mae Cooper ...
Bertha
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Melville Bladen
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Simcox
Lillian Leighton ...
Maid
Mayme Kelso ...
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Saleslady (as Alice Taafe)
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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. 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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$66,241 (estimated)
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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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How to Deal with Dowdy
11 October 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Elliott Dexter (as Charles Murdock) lives in one of the country's smaller industrial towns. A successful oil tycoon, he has a lot of money, but no love. The reason: his wife Sylvia Ashton (as Sophy) has become "dowdy" - though, the more appropriate word is "overweight" - were things politically correct back then? Mr. Dexter goes on a hunting trip with his son, pretending to be the younger man's brother; while shooting bear, the elder Dexter meets, and finds extramarital love for Florence Vidor (as Juliet Raeburn).

Ms. Ashton is appropriately appalling as the large and frumpy "Old Wife" who was once (in flashbacks) beautiful young barefoot Wanda Hawley. Nobody comments on Theodore Roberts (as Berkeley)'s age and size; wouldn't he and Ashton have made an nice couple? Mr. Roberts has an excruciatingly looooonnnnnng expiration scene, later on... The ladies' fashions are outrageous. Alice Terry can be spotted among the beautiful women, a fleeting lovely. Gustav von Seyffertitz is delightfully smarmy. Not the best of director Cecil B. DeMille's spouse-swapping tales of infidelity.

**** Old Wives for New (5/19/18) Cecil B. DeMille ~ Elliott Dexter, Florence Vidor, Sylvia Ashton


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