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Cast overview:
Lucy Stanley
Mrs. Stanley
Professor Charles Giddings
Hiram Sanborn
Bob Stanley
Jane Keckley ...
Mrs. nnewcomb
Mrs. Peters
Taylor Graves ...
Sydney Johnson
Mary Hedley


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A story of infinite charm, magnificently acted. A photoplay no woman from 18 to 48 can afford to miss.


Comedy | Romance





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17 June 1923 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Only 38 (1923) - Unknown ?
6 September 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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.

The death of her clergyman husband causes Mrs. Stanley ( Lois Wilson ), young mother of teenage twins, to change her style of life. She sends her children to a college where she accepts a position as a librarian, discards her old-fashioned clothes, and, to her straitlaced children's chagrin, dances with an admirer at a college hop. Mrs. Stanley sacrifices her own happiness and gives up her admirer for the sake of the children, but later the youngsters are shown that their selfish attitude threatens to ruin their mother's life.

This 1923 silent drama was based from the play Only 38 by A.E. Thomas, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, directed by William C. de Mille, starring Lois Wilson, May McAvoy, Elliott Dexter, George Fawcett, Robert Agnew and Jane Keckley. The survival status of Only 38 (1923) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.

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