Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
In order to conduct a secret dalliance with Mrs. Dathis ( Elsie Lorimer ) aboard his former yacht, Augustus Billings ( Bryant Washburn ) uses the name "Johnson" and inscribes a photograph of himself with his assumed name. Mrs. Dathis' jealous husband later tears the photograph and only the curly black hair remains with the inscription "Johnson." Billings' mother-in-law, Mrs. Batterson ( Adele Farrington ), and his wife ( Lois Wilson ) investigate Billings' explanation of his absence. Billings accompanies them to Mexico where supposedly he had been called to look after recently acquired oil properties. Billings takes them to a property owned by an intimate friend, but the property has been sold to a man named Joseph Johnson ( C. H. Geldart ), who is aboard the same ship to Mexico as Billings, his wife and mother-in-law, as well as a revenge-seeking Mr. Dathis ( Monte Banks ). Also on board are Francis Faddish ( Phil Gastrock ) and his daughter Leonora ( Gloria Hope ), who is to become the bartered wife of Johnson. Johnson knocks out the jealous Mr. Dathis, who has been searching everywhere for the curly-haired philanderer. After Johnson mistakes Billings' wife for his own bride-to-be, Billings tricks Johnson into a declaration of marriage with Mrs. Batterson. Billings is therefore relieved of the mother-in-law who interfered with his marital happiness.
This 1919 silent comedy based was from the play Too Much Johnson by William Gillette, directed by Donald Crisp, starring Bryant Washburn and Lois Wilson. The survival status of Too Much Johnson (1919) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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