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Silk Husbands and Calico Wives

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Silk Husbands and Calico Wives
Theatrical poster
Directed byAlfred E. Green
Written byMonte Katterjohn (story, scenario)
Produced byHarry Garson
StarringHouse Peters
Mary Alden
CinematographyDavid Kesson
Garson Studios
Distributed byEquity Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • February 1920 (1920-02)
Running time
52 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Silk Husbands and Calico Wives is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring House Peters. The film was produced by Harry Garson and based on an original by Monte Katterjohn.[1][2]

The film is preserved at the Library of Congress.[3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Deane Kendall (Peters), a country boy who has succeeded in being admitted to the bar, finds few clients in the small village of Harmony. When there is a sensational case involving a man being tried for the murder of his wife's lover, Edith Beecher (Alden), court stenographer and Deane's sweetheart, manages to arrange for Deane to defend the husband. Deane's masterful defense frees the man and Deane wins a position with a city law firm. Deane marries Edith and they move to the city. Deane makes rapid progress but Edith remains a "home body." Society girl Georgia Wilson (Novak) determines to break up this family so she can have Deane for herself. She is aided in her plans by an architect who loves Edith. Through a trick, Edith is lured to the architect's apartment. Edith believes that Deane, with his strict views concerning a wife's conduct, will divorce Edith. However, a madly jealous discarded sweetheart of the architect informs Deane of the whole plot. Edith, thinking she has made her husband unhappy and fearing his wrath concerning her visit to the architect, has fled the city to return to her village home. Deane follows her and a reconciliation takes place.



  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Silk Husbands and Calico Wives". Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Silk Husbands and Calico Wives
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Silk Husbands and Calico Wives
  4. ^ "Reviews: Silk Husbands and Calico Wives". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (6): 74. August 7, 1920.

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