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Mary's Ankle
Director: Lloyd Ingraham (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Feb 1920
Duration (in feet):   4,515
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Douglas MacLean (Dr. Arthur P. Hampton)  
    Doris May (Mary Jane Smith)  
    Victor Potel (Johnny Stokes)  
    Neal Burns (Stub Masters)  
    James Gordon (George P. Hampton)  
    Lizette Thorne (Angelica Burns)  
    Ida Lewis (Mrs. Merrivale)  

Summary: While walking along the street one day, Arthur P. Hampton, an impoverished young doctor, and his chums, Stub Masters and Johnny Stokes, are persuaded to part with their last remaining funds by tag day solicitor Mary Jane Smith, with whom the doctor promptly falls in love. Doc's friends then hit upon a get-rich-quick scheme. Knowing that his Uncle George has promised a large sum of money upon his nephew's marriage, they persuade Doc to send out fake wedding invitations naming Mary Jane as the blushing bride. Uncle George, elated at the good news, writes to Mary Jane's aunt, Angelica Burns, an old sweetheart, to invite Mary Jane and Angelica to be his guests on an ocean voyage. Meanwhile, Mary Jane pays a visit to the doctor's office and, upon seeing the wedding invitations, becomes so flustered that she trips and sprains her ankle. Doc comes to her rescue and then begs her to pose as his wife. She agrees, but at shipside, Stub and Johnnie confess all to Uncle George, who flies into a rage until Doc announces that he and Mary Jane have chosen a wedding at sea. 

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)
Writer: Luther Reed (Scen)
Photography: Bert Cann (Cam)
Art Direction: W. L. Heywood (Art dir)
  Harvey C. Leavitt (Tech dir)
  Irvin J. Martin (Art titles)
Film Editor: Harry L. Decker (Ed)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play Mary's Ankle by May Tully (New York, 6 Aug 1917).
Authors: May Tully

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Thomas H. Ince 31/12/1919 dd/mm/yyyy LP14605

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Bachelors
Subjects (Minor): Aunts
  Impersonation and imposture
  Ocean liners

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   7 Feb 20   p. 1009.
MPN   21 Feb 20   pp. 1768-69.
MPN   13 Mar 20   p. 2597.
MPW   4 Sep 20   p. 1894.
New York Times   1 Mar 20   p. 16.
Wid's   7 Mar 20   p. 11.

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