Male and Female (November 23, 1919)
Released on November 23, 1919: Their aristocratic life is turned upside down when Lord Loam and his family is stranded on a South Pacific Island with their butler and scullery maid.
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by J.M. Barrie with screenplay by Jeanie Macpherson
The Actors: Gloria Swanson (Lady Mary Lasenby), Thomas Meighan (William Crichton the butler), Theodore Roberts (Lord Loam), Raymond Hatton (Honorable Ernest Wolley), Robert Cain (Lord Brockelhurst), Lila Lee (Tweeny the 'between' maid), Bebe Daniels (the King's favorite), Julia Faye (maid Susan), Rhy Darby (Lady Eileen Duncraigie), Mildred Reardon (Lady Agatha Lasenby), Mayme Kelso (Lady Brockelhurst), Edmund Burns (Treherne), Henry Woodward (McGuire, Lady Eileen's Chauffeur ), Sidney Deane (Thomas), Wesley Barry (Buttons the boy), Edna Mae Cooper (Fisher), Lillian Leighton (Mrs. Perkins), Guy Oliver (yacht pilot), Clarence Burton (yacht captain), Lawson Butt (unknown), Kamuela C. Searle (unknown)
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British Aristocracy, The Lord and Master of the Peasants . . . until . . .
Our movie opens in the London mansion Loam House, and we watch the fabulously wealthy family and their servants. The wealthy family is planning a vacation sailing to the exotic South Pacific in search of relaxation and repast. Chief butler William Crichton, played by handsome hunk Thomas Meighan, and the 'between' maid Tweeny, played boy Lila Lee, will accompany the family on their ocean yacht trip as servants, so that the family can enjoy life as kings of their domain, waited on for every need by their servants.
Ahhh, but how the tides will turn (pardon the pun), when their ocean-going yacht is shipwrecked during a vicious storm, with Papa Loam and his three grown children Honorable Ernest, played by Raymond Hatton, Lady Agatha, played by Mildred Reardon, and Lady Mary, played by Gloria Swanson. Along with the four aristocratic Loam's are butler Crichton and maid Tweeny, and butler Crighton will take charge of the situation.
Lord Loam is missing, and butler Crighton gives each of the Loam kids a task . . . and they refuse . . . insulted that a common butler would try to order the aristocracy to do anything . . . it should certainly be the other way around. Soon Lord Loam wanders into the group and the three Loam children insist that their wealthy father, Lord Loam, take charge of the group and order Crighton and the maid to provide for them . . . or else be fired.
Well, of course standing on a deserted South Seas Island with no hope of ever returning to civilization the words ring hollow . . . but true to their aristocratic minds the Lord Loam family leaves Crighton and goes to another part of the island to live in luxury . . . . er . . . what were they thinking . . . . they don't have a clue how to survive without servants to do their every command . . . as darkness falls and Crighton is stirring his stew over a hot fire the Lord Loam family is crouching in the cold darkness with hunger and fear gripping each of them.
The aristocrats decide that in this new deserted island world where their money means nothing that indeed Crichton will be the leader.Their new society begins, with both aristocrat Mary and maid Tweeny falling in love with the new 'King' of the island, Chrichton the butler. The rest of the story includes a story within the story that only the fertile mind of Cecil B. DeMille could produce, and after the trip back to Babylonian days of Kings and wenches Mary snags Crighton and they are about to be married on their island home to the chagrin of scullery maid Tweeny. Then suddenly, just before aristocrat Mary and butler Chrichton say 'I Do,' a ship appears on the horizon and they are rescued back to civilized society. Crighton is once again only a servant, and Mary is the Lady of the house, and Tweeny is the between maid.
The wealthy will be masters over the servants once again and the Loam Estate will be as it has been for generations with its Lords, Ladies and servants . . . or will it? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show that has an ending that only Cecil B. DeMille could conceive.
Gloria Swanson and Lila Lee
Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan and Lila Lee
Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan
Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan
Gloria Swanson shows off her diamond ring
Gloria Swanson, shipwrecked on a deserted South Pacific island
Gloria Swanson, Theodore Roberts, Mildred Reardon and Raymond Hatton
Julia Faye and Robert Cain
Lila Lee, Gloria Swanson, Mildred Reardon and Raymond Hatton
Mayme Kelso and Robert Cain
Mildred Reardon, Gloria Swanson and Raymond Hatton
Mildred Reardon and Gloria Swansonl
Mildred Reardon and Gloria Swanson
Raymond Hatton, Mildred Reardon and Gloria Swanson
Raymond Hatton, Theodore Roberts and Thomas Meighan
Rhy Darby and Gloria Swanson
Rhy Darby and Henry Woodward
Robert Cain and Gloria Swanson with Thomas Meighan
Robert Cain proposes to Gloria Swanson
Thomas Meighan and Mayme Kelso
Thomas Meighan and Robert Cain
Wesley Barry and Thomas Meighan