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Jeanie Macpherson (written by)
J.M. Barrie (by: "The Admirable Crichton")
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Release Date:
23 November 1919 (USA) See more »
Lady Mary Lasenby is a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Thomas Meighan ... William Crichton - The Butler
Theodore Roberts ... Lord Loam
Raymond Hatton ... Honorable Ernest Wolley
Robert Cain ... Lord Brockelhurst

Gloria Swanson ... Lady Mary Lasenby
Lila Lee ... Tweeny - the Scullery Maid

Bebe Daniels ... The King's Favorite
Julia Faye ... Susan - Maid #2
Rhy Darby ... Lady Eileen Duncraigie
Mildred Reardon ... Lady Agatha Lasenby
Mayme Kelso ... Lady Brockelhurst
Edmund Burns ... Treherne
Henry Woodward ... McGuire - Lady Eileen's Chauffeur
Sydney Deane ... Thomas
Wesley Barry ... Buttons - the Boy
Edna Mae Cooper ... Fisher
Lillian Leighton ... Mrs. Perkins
Guy Oliver ... Yacht Pilot
Clarence Burton ... Yacht Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawson Butt ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kamuela C. Searle ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
Writing credits
Jeanie Macpherson (written by)

J.M. Barrie (by: "The Admirable Crichton")

Produced by
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer
David Shepard .... video producer (1997)
Original Music by
Sydney Jill Lehman (1997)
Cinematography by
Alvin Wyckoff (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Wilfred Buckland 
Costume Design by
Paul Iribe (uncredited)
Clare West (uncredited)
Production Management
Howard Higgin .... production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
James Wong Howe .... clapper boy (uncredited)
James Wong Howe .... third assistant camera (uncredited)
Karl Struss .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mitchell Leisen .... costume designer: Babylonian sequence (uncredited)
Music Department
Sydney Jill Lehman .... music performer (1997)
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
Ian Hay .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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  • Paramount Pictures (as A Famous Players-Lasky Super Production) (Cecil B. De Mille's Production)
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116 min (1997 alternate version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:17 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Gloria Swanson insisted on doing the sequence with the lions herself, even after deMille had scrapped the idea for safety reasons. According to Swanson, there were two trainers on set, along with Swanson's father.See more »
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A tale of castes and fate..., 5 February 2014
Author: binapiraeus from Greece

In the beginning we are introduced to a genuine old British aristocratic family: the spoiled, lazy Lady Mary, her quirky father and her younger sister. And, of course, Lady Mary is engaged to another aristocratic parasite, Lord Brockelhurst. And, on the 'other side of the fence', are the servants: butler Crichton, who is secretly in love with Lady Mary (although this is of course 'impossible': you can't break out of your 'caste'...), and maid Tweeny who in turn is in love with Crichton. A typical picture of old aristocratic England...

... Until one day, when the blue-blooded clan starts out on a South Sea cruise - and are stranded there on a lonely island; without luxury, without lodgings, even without food. And NOW it shows WHO is able to survive when being put to the test: Crichton with his energy and inventive spirit soon becomes the leader of the 'Swiss Family Robinson', while Lady Mary, completely helpless on her own, must admit that now HE's the strong man, HE's the 'King' (he even dreams of being the King of Babylon and she his Christian slave...) - and falls in love with him, while Tweeny jealously has to stand by and watch... BUT if they'll ever be rescued and return to England, will everything be as it was before??

This early work of Cecil B. De Mille already shows pretty clearly his vivid fantasy and love for ancient settings and costumes, as well as his belief in old-fashioned morales and institutions. The best part is, of course, when Crichton becomes the 'King', wild and strong, far away at last from his stiff butler image (Thomas Meighan, with his cocksure and almost a little menacing expression, somehow seems to look here like a kind of Rudolph Valentino 10 years older...), and Lady Mary alias Gloria Swanson, in the new surroundings of the wilderness, at last becomes a REAL woman. But - will it last??

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