Jack Straw


1920

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 14, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Jack Straw by W. Somerset Maugham (New York, 14 Sep 1908).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
4,707ft (5 reels)

Synopsis

Jack Straw, an iceman, falls in love with the voice of Ethel Parker Jennings which he is accustomed to hearing down the dumbwaiter shaft of his Harlem flat. When the Jennings family acquires wealth through an oil investment, they move to California and Jack follows. Finding employment as a waiter, Jack meets Holland, who holds a grudge against the snobbish Mrs. Jennings. Holland enlists Jack in a scheme to humiliate the haughty woman by persuading the waiter to impersonate the Archduke of Pomerania. Jack consents, seizing upon the opportunity to be near Ethel, and during Jack's stay with the Jennings, the couple fall in love. Eventually Holland decides that the joke has gone too far and unmasks Jack. Mrs. Jennings expells Jack from the house, but when the real ambassador from Pomerania appears and documents Jack's authenticity, she recants and announces Ethel's engagement to the archduke waiter.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 14, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Jack Straw by W. Somerset Maugham (New York, 14 Sep 1908).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
4,707ft (5 reels)

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Notes

Paramount remade this film in 1926 as The Waiter from the Ritz, with Raymond Griffith and Alice Day starring and James Cruze directing. No evidence that this remake was released, however, has been discovered.