Review: ‘Male and Female’

Cecil B. DeMille's picturization of J.M. Barrie's play, The Admirable Crichton, is impressive. The production places DeMille on a par with D.W. Griffith as a far as Babylonian stuff is concerned, and there are several scenes where DeMille steps a little beyond the great Grif.

Cecil B. DeMille’s picturization of J.M. Barrie’s play, The Admirable Crichton, is impressive. The production places DeMille on a par with D.W. Griffith as a far as Babylonian stuff is concerned, and there are several scenes where DeMille steps a little beyond the great Grif.

The result on the screen shows that there was no stinting on money. The cast is a pippin and Thomas Meighan does good work. Gloria Swanson and Lila Lee divide the women honors of the piece.

Swanson plays the role of Lady Mary, while Lee is the little slavey, Tweeny. The former appears to advantage in both the London and the desert island scenes, looking beautiful at all times, and especially so as she slips into the sunken bath, while little Lee displays an artistry that is far greater than she showed in any of her previous productions. Bebe Daniels is also in the cast for a small bit in one of the Babylonian scenes, and certainly is good to look upon.

Male and Female

Production

Paramount. Director Cecil B. DeMille; Producer Jesse L. Lasky; Screenplay Jeanie MacPherson; Camera Alvin Wyckoff; Art Director Wilfrey Buckland

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1919. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Thomas Meighan Gloria Swanson Lila Lee Bebe Daniels Theodore Roberts Raymond Hatton
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