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Come Out of the Kitchen
Director: John S. Robertson (Dir)
Release Date:   11 May 1919
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Marguerite Clark (Claudia Daingerfield)  
    Frances Kaye (Elizabeth Daingerfield)  
    Bradley Barker (Paul Daingerfield)  
    Albert M. Hackett (Charles Daingerfield)  
    George S. Stevens (Mr. Daingerfield)  
    May Kitson (Mrs. Daingerfield)  
    Eugene O'Brien (Burton Crane)  
    Frederick Esmelton (Solon Tucker)  
    Craufurd Kent (Randolf Weeks)  
    Augusta Anderson (Mrs. Faulkner)  
    Rita Spear (Cora Faulkner)  
    Frances M. Grant (Mammy Jackson)  
    George Washington ("Snowball")  

Summary: When the head of an aristocratic, but impoverished, Virginia family must be treated for his illness by a New York specialist, his daughter, Claudia Daingerfield, raises money by leasing their old Southern mansion to Burton Crane. The only condition Crane makes is that the black servants be replaced by white servants. Claudia and her brothers and sister take on the roles of servants, with calamitous results. When Claudia is introduced to Burton as his cook, he immediately falls in love with her. Claudia overcomes her lack of culinary skills by smuggling Mammy Jackson into the house to do the cooking. The other "servants" are all let go, and the father survives the dangerous operation. When Claudia's true identity is revealed, Burton recognizes her pluck, and she accepts his offer of marriage. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
  Paramount Pictures  
Director: John S. Robertson (Dir)
  Frank Walton (Asst dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Clara Beranger (Scen)
Photography: Jacques Monteran (Cam)
  Hal Young (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel Come Out of the Kitchen! by Alice Duer Miller (New York, 1916).
Authors: Alice Duer Miller

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 7/5/1919 dd/mm/yyyy LP13684

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Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: African American
 
Subjects (Major): Aristocrats
  Cooks
  Family life
  Impersonation and imposture
  Mansions
  Servants
  Southerners
  Virginia
 
Subjects (Minor): African Americans
  Operations, Surgical
  Poverty

Note: A. E. Thomas wrote a stage play based on the Duer novel, also titled Come Out of the Kitchen , which had its premiere in New York on 23 Oct 1916. Some scenes for this film were shot in Pass Christian, MS. One source lists the actor who plays Mrs. Faulkner as Mrs. August Anderson. Among the remakes of this film are a 1930 Paramount film called Honey (see below), and two British films called Come Out of the Pantry (1935) and Spring in Park Lane (1948). The 1935 film was directed by Jack Raymond and starred Jack Buchanan and Fay Wray, the 1948 was directed by Herbert Wilcox and starred Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   17 May 19   p. 1821.
ETR   24 May 19   p. 1939.
MPW   5 Apr 19   p. 108.
MPW   24 May 19   p. 1225.
New York Times   12 May 19   p. 11.
Variety   16 May 19   p. 54.
Wid's   25 May 19   p. 15.

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