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Clarence
Director: William C. de Mille (Dir)
Release Date:   19 Nov 1922
Premiere Information:   New York premiere: 15 Oct 1922
Duration (in feet):   6,146
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Wallace Reid (Clarence Smith)  
    Agnes Ayres (Violet Pinney)  
    May McAvoy (Cora Wheeler)  
    Kathlyn Williams (Mrs. Wheeler)  
    Edward Martindel (Mr. Wheeler)  
    Robert Agnew (Bobby Wheeler)  
    Adolphe Menjou (Hubert Stem)  
    Bertram Johns (Dinwiddie)  
    Dorothy Gordon (Della)  
    Mayme Kelso (Mrs. Martin)  

Summary: Mr. Wheeler, the head of a temperamental family, hires a former soldier, Clarence, to do odd jobs around his house. Clarence immediately falls in love with Violet Pinney, the governess, who is suspected by Mrs. Wheeler to be the object of her husband's affections and resented by Cora. When Clarence and Violet prevent Cora from eloping with money-seeking Hubert Stem, Mr. Wheeler's private secretary, Stem finds a clipping about Charles Smith, a deserter. He shows it to Mr. Wheeler and insists that Charles Smith and Clarence are one and the same. Wheeler is inclined to believe Stem, since he has noticed his wife's admiring glances toward Clarence. But a letter arrives revealing Clarence to be a university professor about to regain his position; Violet accepts him, and all are reconciled. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: William C. de Mille (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Clara Beranger (Scen)
  Clara Beranger (Adpt)
Photography: Guy Wilky (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Clarence; a Comedy in Four Acts by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1921).
Authors: Booth Tarkington

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 14/10/1922 dd/mm/yyyy LP18328

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Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Family life
  Governesses
  Professors
  Secretaries
  Veterans

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