Tuesday, July 4, 2017

FILMBAY 2000 Greatest Films of All-Time (1888-2016) by Year - 0208 - MIDSUMMER MADNESS (William C. de Mille, 1920, USA, 60m, BW)



(William C. de Mille, 1920, USA, 60m, BW)


MIDSUMMER MADNESS (William C. de Mille, 1920, USA, 60m, BW)

Cast: Lois Wilson, Charlotte Jackson, Conrad Nagel, Claire McDowell, Charles Ogle
Director: William C. DeMille
Rating: NR
Duration: 60 min.


The careful direction of William C. DeMille (brother of Cecil) brought fresh life to Cosmo Hamilton's all-too-typical story, His Friend and his Wife. Because Bob Meredith (Jack Holt) spends all his time working, his wife Margaret (Lois Wilson) feels the romance has ebbed away from their marriage. One night, while Meredith is at the office, family friend Julian Osborn (Conrad Nagel) -- whose own spouse (Lila Lee) is out of town -takes Margaret to a dance. They wind up at a hunting lodge and begin to get carried away, but stop before things get out of hand. The pair agree to keep their encounter a secret, but unfortunately, they've been seen and word gets back to their spouses. Finally everyone gets together, confessions are offered and all is forgiven. Incidentally, Midsummer Madness was released in the dead of winter.


When Julian's wife Daisy leaves home to visit her sick father, he finds himself attracted to his best friend's wife, Margaret, who has been neglected by her husband. Julian and Margaret take a drive to a mountain resort, and find themselves about to consummate their affair when something happens that makes her have second thoughts. Complications ensue. Also known as His Friend and His Wife.


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