Male and Female

Male and Female

Director: Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Thomas Meighan, Gloria Swanson, Lila Lee

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Overview

Don't let that title fool you: Male and Female is really James M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton, as interpreted by Cecil B. DeMille. Thomas Meighan plays Crichton, the very proper butler in the British household of Lord Loam (Theodore Roberts). When masters and servants go on a yachting excursion, the vessel is destroyed in a storm, marooning everyone on a desert island. The helpless aristocrats must turn to the resourceful Crichton for survival. Before long, Crichton is ruling the roost, while his masters are cheerfully performing the most menial of tasks. Haughty Lady Mary (Gloria Swanson) foregoes her class-conscious upbringing and falls in love with Crichton. Once the castaways are rescued and brought back to England, however, the original class distinctions are restored. Lady Mary goes ahead with a marriage to stuffy Lord Brockelhurst as scheduled, but it is obvious that she will be unhappy in this "socially correct" union. Meawhile, Crichton finds happiness with scullery maid Tweeny (Lila Lee), who has loved him all along. Feeling that the Barrie play didn't have sufficient "punch" to go over with 1919 filmgoers, DeMille interpolated a dream sequence in which Gloria Swanson imagines herself a Babylonian princess; this gave the actress the opportunity to share a scene with a live and none-too-docile lion. One would think that critics of the era would haul DeMille over the coals for taking so many liberties with The Admirable Crichton, but such was not the case. One reviewer of Male and Female even congratulated DeMille for making Barrie "filmable"!

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2017
UPC: 0818522019338
Original Release: 1919
Rating: NR
Source: Flicker Alley
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 36,144

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Meighan Crichton, A Butler
Gloria Swanson Mary Losenby
Lila Lee Tweeny
Bebe Daniels The King's Favorite
Theodore Roberts Lord Loam
Raymond Hatton Honorable Ernest Walley
Lawson Butt Actor
Kamuela Searle Actor
Mildred Reardon Agatha Lasenby
Robert Cain Lord Brockelhurst
Julia Faye Susan
Rhy Darby Lady Eileen Dun Craigie
Edmund Burns Treheme
Henry Woodward McGuire
Sydney Deane Thomas
Wesley Barry "Buttons"
Edna Mae Cooper Fisher
Lillian Leighton Mrs. Perkins
Guy Oliver Pilot of Lord Loam's Yacht
Clarence Burton Captain of Yacht
Mayme Kelso Lady Brockelhurst

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Wilfred Buckland Art Director
Mitchell Leisen Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeannie Macpherson Screenwriter
Alvin Wyckoff Cinematographer

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