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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 ...
Charles Murdock
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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 ...
Charley Murdock
Edna Mae Cooper ...
Bertha
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Melville Bladen
Tully Marshall ...
Simcox
Lillian Leighton ...
Maid
Mayme Kelso ...
Housekeeper
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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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1.33 : 1
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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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Impressive DeMille
3 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Old Wives for New (1918)

*** (out of 4)

Charles Murdock (Elliott Dexter), a rich oil man, begins to neglect his wife (Sylvia Ashton) because he feels she has let herself go by gaining too much weight and just sitting around the house all day. On a hunting trip with his son he falls for the younger and prettier Juliet (Florence Vidor) but she isn't happy when she learns that Charles is married. As Charles tries to figure out what to do things take a turn for the worse. I was fairly surprised at how entertaining this film was as it still holds up quite well today in a society where looks are judged so harshly. I think the film loses a lot of its punch in the final twenty-minutes do to an over the top plot twist but outside at that this is certainly one of the best films I've seen from this period of DeMille's career. His directing is what really keeps this story moving because it's top-notch. I love the way he tells the story as well as the way he edits everything to build up more drama. On a visual level with get some nice cinematography, which helps a lot, especially during the outdoor hunting scenes. The performances are also very strong with Dexter stealing the film as the husband in love with another woman. He does a very good job in showing his uncomfort with his wife and believe it or not we start to feel for him in his situation. Ashton does a nice job as well even though the screenplay doesn't do her any great justice since several scenes just have her in bed eating cookies or ordering a large breakfast. Vidor is wonderful as the younger woman and really comes across as intelligent when caught up in this mess. DeMille regular Theodore Roberts is also very good in his supporting role. The storyline today is rather politically incorrect but that's what keeps the movie pretty fresh and entertaining. This film has pretty much been forgotten in DeMille's career but that's a shame because it's certainly a good one.


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