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The Six Best Cellars
Director: Donald Crisp (Dir)
Release Date:   8 Feb 1920
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Cast: Bryant Washburn  (Henry Carpenter)
  Wanda Hawley  (Mrs. Carpenter)
  Clarence Burton  (Ed Hammond)
 

Summary: Henry Carpenter and his wife Millicent are the envy of their exclusive suburban set because of their abundant wine cellar, a blessing in the face of the recent prohibition against alcohol initiated by the Volstead Act. In reality, Henry is down to his last few bottles, and, faced with an impending dinner party, he decides to save face by denouncing the evils of drink. His impassioned speech earns him the support of the Prohibition party for a Congressional seat. Henry is relishing his popularity when his aunt discovers twenty-one cases of rare wine in the cellar, forcing the candidate to choose between political and social success. In despair, he asks the audience viewing the film, "What would you do?" 

Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Director: Donald Crisp (Dir)
  Frank Richardson (Asst dir)
Producer: Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Elmer Harris (Scen)

Subject Major: Duplicity
  Political candidates
  Prohibition
  Suburban life
  Wine cellars
 
Subject Minor: Aunts
  Temperance
  Upper classes

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