My Official Wife (1926 film)

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My Official Wife
My Official Wife lobby card.jpg
Title card
Directed by Paul L. Stein
Written by
  • Archibald Clavering Gunter
  • Graham Baker
Starring
Cinematography David Abel
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. (as Warner Brothers Production)
Release date
  • October 16, 1926 (1926-10-16)
[1]
Running time
74 min. (7,846 feet) [2]
CountryUnited States
Language
  • Silent
  • English intertitles
Budget$148,000 [3]
Box office$315,000 [3]
Irene Rich, lead actress Irene Rich 2.jpg
Irene Rich, lead actress

My Official Wife is a 1926 silent film by Austrian director Paul L. Stein, and his first American film. It stars Irene Rich [4] and Conway Tearle. [5] It is an adaptation of the 1891 novel My Official Wife by Richard Henry Savage, but the storyline was updated to include World War I. [2] [6] [7]

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Cast

Reception

Film Daily compiled newspaper review quotes upon the film's release (as it did for many releases), citing the New York American as stating it was "repulsive ... players are badly miscast." The Daily News called it "worth going to see ... well acted, well directed and nicely dressed up bit of screen hokum." The Evening World called it a "matinee picture for unhurried chocolate munchers ... too long and too slow moving," and the Morning Telegraph dubbed it "first rate entertainment ... our interest never for one moment lagged." [8]

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $219,000 domestically and $96,000 foreign. [3]

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References

  1. "Stein's Next for Warner's Will be "Matinee Ladies". Motion Picture News: 1582. September–October 1926. ark:/13960/t9r228z0d.
  2. 1 2 "My Official Wife". The Film Daily . October 17, 1926. p. 17.
  3. 1 2 3 "Appendix 1". Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 15 (sup1): 5. 1995. doi:10.1080/01439689508604551.
  4. Kobal, p. 15.
  5. "Elmwood – My Official Wife" (PDF). Buffalo Courier-Express. March 7, 1927. p. 4.
  6. Kennedy, Thomas C. (October 23, 1926). "My Official Wife: Love and Romance in Imperial Russia". Motion Picture News. p. 1594.
  7. "When All Dukes Were Grand Ones" (PDF). Greenpoint Weekly Star. November 12, 1926.
  8. "Newspaper Opinions". The Film Daily . November 3, 1926. p. 9.

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