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Lonely Wives

Lonely Wives(1931)

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Although onscreen credits list A. H. Woods as the author of the source work, reviews of the stage production credit him as producer and list Walter De Leon and Mark Swan as adaptors. According to an August 1922 article in New York Times, the play was scheduled to open in New York in late August 1922 with well-known female impersonator Julian Eltinge as its star, but was "shooed away" from there because it was deemed "meretricious." The article adds that the play was "to be in a home for fallen dramas, undergoing reformation, a somewhat pathetic victim of our suspected, sudden change in appetite." In spite of the film's onscreen reference to Woods's "stage success," no evidence that the play ever opened in a major venue has been found. The Variety review noted that "at the Mayfair the picture in 8,167 feet, unless later cut for that house, ran 85 minutes. At the customary running time of eleven minutes for one thousand feet, the picture should have taken around 90 minutes. However, it did not appear from the running that extra speed was on." RKO acquired this film from Path Exchange when Path was bought out by RKO in January 1931.