Unjustly obscure, this picture examines gender roles and double standards in post-WWI America. Director William de Mille creates a funny, heartbreaking story of a single woman deemed a “spinster” by the residents of her small town.
Lois Wilson is ideal in the lead, Theodore Roberts chews scenery as the buffoonish patriarch and Milton Sills hangs up his he-man badge and plays a bookish schoolteacher who is quietly in love with the title character. Easily one of my favorite silent films, this picture deserves to be seen.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Lulu stands up for herself, breaks away from her abusive family and wins Milton.
If it were a dessert it would be: Root Beer Float Marshmallows. Traditional flavors presented in a whole new way. Light, sweet and memorable.
Availability: On DVD as an extra on the out-of-print Image release of Why Change Your Wife? Also available on DVD and Bluray from Grapevine. The original novel is in the public domain and can be read here.
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