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Don't Change Your Husband (1919)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 January 1919 (USA)
Leila Porter comes to dislike her husband James, a glue king who is always eating onions and looking sloppy. But after she divorces him and marries two-timing playboy Schuyler Van Sutphen the now-reformed James looks pretty good.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writer:

Jeanie Macpherson (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elliott Dexter ... James Denby Porter
Gloria Swanson ... Leila Porter
Lew Cody ... Schuyler Van Sutphen
Sylvia Ashton Sylvia Ashton ... Mrs. Huckney
Theodore Roberts ... The Bishop, Rt. Rev. Thomas Thornby
Julia Faye ... Nanette aka Toodles
James Neill ... Butler
Ted Shawn Ted Shawn ... Faun
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Leila Porter comes to dislike her husband James, a glue king who is always eating onions and looking sloppy. But after she divorces him and marries two-timing playboy Schuyler Van Sutphen the now-reformed James looks pretty good.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 January 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Après la pluie, le beau temps See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was the first smash box-office hit for Gloria Swanson. See more »

Quotes

James Denby Porter: Your trouble is your sense of humor - how about the flowers you sent Leila when she was *my* wife? You stole her love from me - but I'm going to try my damnedest to win it back!
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Referenced in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

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cute little comedy-drama from DeMille
5 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is apparently the first film featuring Gloria Swanson--the film that made her a breakout star. While she was good in the film, I can't see how this performance in particular was so noteworthy at the time--but, still it was a very good film.

Gloria plays the wife of a rich slob that continually takes her for granted. He cares little for his grooming, eats onions and forgets their anniversary! And, at the same time, a Lothario comes into their lives and begins paying a lot of attention to Gloria and her dippy husband doesn't even notice or give her any reason NOT to cheat on him. Ultimately, she divorces her hubby and marries the smooth-talking Romeo. However, while the movie could have just been an overdone melodrama (they were pretty common at the time), it takes some interesting twists and turns and is an imaginative and fun film. While not the greatest silent film I have seen, it is a standout and deserves to be remembered.

By the way, the DVD release from Image Entertainment is surprisingly good--with a decent print and music. This hasn't always been true of other Image releases (particularly how sloppily they handled the Chaplin releases).


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