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Why Change Your Wife?

Released May 21, 1920 1h 40m Comedy List
Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
In this classic silent comedy, Robert (Thomas Meighan) has become bored with his bland and old-fashioned wife, Beth (Gloria Swanson), while her patience is tested by his common desires and lowbrow tastes. Divorcing Beth and remarrying stylish jazz doll Sally (Bebe Daniels) seems like a good idea at the time, but when Robert gets a look at his newly glamorized and revamped ex-wife, he begins to question the hasty switch. Is he too late to win Beth back? Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Charming, first rate sex comedy. Lots of interesting talking machines, to boot! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member good silent vehicle 4 swanson Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Why Change your wife? Because if your wife stops being your sweetheart, your heart may roam elsewhere. Another Gloria Swanson/CB DeMille collaboration from 1920, with lavish sets, costumes and some fun with a dog and a cat. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member This is pretty good! Certainly a bit on the overly dramatic side, but a clever and pretty contemporary look at an unhappy marriage, that ends up renewing itself into love again. I really liked it. Gloria Swanson is terrific, and the movie is directed by the incomparable Cecil B. DeMille. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A nice little romantic drama where everyone learns a lesson in love and marriage. Nothing spectacular, but it's pretty good. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A wonderful full length film. The begining scenes of the movie do start off slow, But the pace picks up and moves along fine. A must see for Gloria Swanson fans or Silent fans in general. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this classic silent comedy, Robert (Thomas Meighan) has become bored with his bland and old-fashioned wife, Beth (Gloria Swanson), while her patience is tested by his common desires and lowbrow tastes. Divorcing Beth and remarrying stylish jazz doll Sally (Bebe Daniels) seems like a good idea at the time, but when Robert gets a look at his newly glamorized and revamped ex-wife, he begins to question the hasty switch. Is he too late to win Beth back?
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Producer
Cecil B. DeMille
Screenwriter
William C. de Mille, Sada Cowan, Olga Printzlau
Distributor
Artcraft Pictures Corporation, Paramount Pictures, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Grapevine Video
Production Co
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Genre
Comedy
Release Date (Theaters)
May 21, 1920, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Dec 6, 2005
Runtime
1h 40m