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Male and Female (1919)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 23 November 1919 (USA)
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.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson, J.M. Barrie (by: "The Admirable Crichton")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Meighan ... William Crichton - The Butler
Theodore Roberts ... Lord Loam
Raymond Hatton ... Honorable Ernest Wolley
Robert Cain 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 Rhy Darby ... Lady Eileen Duncraigie
Mildred Reardon Mildred Reardon ... Lady Agatha Lasenby
Mayme Kelso ... Lady Brockelhurst
Edmund Burns ... Treherne
Henry Woodward Henry Woodward ... McGuire - Lady Eileen's Chauffeur
Sydney Deane Sydney Deane ... Thomas
Wesley Barry ... Buttons - the Boy
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Storyline

Lord Brockelhurst, his unwilling betrothed Lady Mary, his butler Crichton and scullery maid Tweeny are on Lord Loam's yacht which is wrecked leaving them all to cope on a desert island. Class distinctions fall apart for the time being. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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If our lives could begin again! If tomorrow we could wake, as male and female only, in a world where wealth, laws, conventions, morals, classes meant nothing! Who then would rule, who serve, who love? See the answer in this great picture! A vital story of blue blood and red, with an all-star cast and scenes of alluring beauty. (Print Ad- Salt Lake Tribune, ((Salt Lake City Utah)) 3 December 1919) See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Based (but altered considerably) on James M. Barrie's play "The Admirable Crichton." The play originally opened in London on 4 November 1902. See more »

Quotes

Lady Mary Lasenby: Would you put a Jack Daw and a Bird of Paradise in the same cage? It's kind to kind, Eileen-and you and I can never change it!
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Alternate Versions

In 1997, Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version produced for video by David Shepard using materials from the George Eastman collection, in cooperation with the Estate of Cecil B. DeMille. It has a music score composed and performed by Sydney Jill Lehman, runs 116 minutes, and was distributed on video by Kino International. See more »

Connections

Featured in The House That Shadows Built (1931) See more »

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A tale of castes and fate...
5 February 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

23 November 1919 (USA) See more »

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Male and Female See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(1997 alternate)

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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