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Let's Be Fashionable
Alternate Title: Playing with Fire
Director: Lloyd Ingraham (Dir)
Release Date:   11 Jul 1920
Duration (in feet):   4,615
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Douglas MacLean (Henry Langdon)  
    Doris May (Evelyn Langdon)  
    Wade Boteler (John Hammond)  
    Grace Morse (Elsie Hammond)  
    George Webb (Bruce Grey)  
    Wilbur Higby (George Barrymore)  
    Molly McConnell (Mrs. Trude)  
    Norris Johnson (Betty Turner)  

Summary: Newlyweds Henry and Evelyn Langdon are the newest members of the suburban community of Elmhurst, where it is considered fashionable for married couples to engage in harmless affairs. Attempting to conform, Evelyn accepts the attentions of bachelor Bruce Grey, while Henry flirts with Mrs. Hammond. Complications arise when Grey ardently pursues Evelyn, proposing that she accompany him on a trip. She ignores his offer until Henry fails to return home from a date with Betty Turner. Evelyn, unaware that the two are marooned on an island, assumes the worst and runs off to board Grey's train. Returning home the next morning, Henry finds a note from his wife and races to the train, catching it just as it is departing. Rescuing his wife from Grey's unwelcome advances, Henry throws the bachelor from the train, and he and Evelyn decide to discard their fashionable behavior in favor of old-fashioned love. 

Production Company: Thomas H. Ince Productions  
Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures  
Director: Lloyd Ingraham (Dir)
Producer: Thomas H. Ince (Pres)
  Thomas H. Ince (Supv)
  Thomas H. Ince (Prod)
Writer: Luther Reed (Scen)
  Mildred Considine (Story)
Photography: Bert Cann (Cam)
Art Direction: W. L. Heywood (Art dir)
  Harvey C. Leavitt (Tech dir)
  F. J. Van Halle (Art titles)
  Carl Schneider (Art titles)
  Leo Braun (Art titles)
Film Editor: George J. Crone (Ed)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Thomas H. Ince 11/5/1920 dd/mm/yyyy LP15140

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Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Infidelity
  Marriage
  Newlyweds
  Social customs
  Suburban life
 
Subjects (Minor): Bachelors
  Islands
  Trains

Note: The working title of this film was Playing with Fire , which was the title of Mildred Considine's story. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   26 Jun 20   p. 387.
MPW   26 Jun 20   p. 1792.
MPN   3 Dec 19   p. 4311.
New York Times   14 Jun 20   p. 13.
Variety   18 Jun 20   p. 33.
Wid's   20 Jun 20   p. 11.

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