Clarence (1922 film)

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Poster for the film from a newspaper.
Directed byWilliam C. deMille
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byClara Beranger (adaptation & scenario)
Based onClarence
by Booth Tarkington
StarringWallace Reid
Agnes Ayres
CinematographyL. Guy Wilky
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 15, 1922 (1922-10-15) (NewYork)
  • November 19, 1922 (1922-11-19) (US)
Running time
7 reels; (6,146 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Clarence is a 1922 American silent comedy drama, based on a play by Booth Tarkington, produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. It was directed by William C. deMille and starred Wallace Reid in his penultimate screen appearance.[1]

In E.J. Fleming's 2007 biography of Wallace Reid, it is stated that many in Reid's neighborhood, including Rudolph Valentino, remembered that Reid kept the neighborhood awake playing his saxophone. It is not stated whether Reid was honing his skills for this film or just enjoying some leisure.

The film is now considered a lost film.[2][3]



The father of a quirky family, the Wheelers, hires an ex-soldier, Clarence (Reid), as a handyman. Clarence falls for the family's governess, Violet (Ayres).

Mrs. Wheeler (Williams) suspects that Violet and her husband (Martindel) are carrying on, and Mrs. Wheeler begins to develop an attraction to Clarence. Hubert Stem (Menjou), Mr. Wheeler's avaricious private secretary, one day shows Mr. Wheeler an article about Charles Short, an army deserter, and insists that Clarence is in actuality Charles Short.[4]

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  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Clarence
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Clarence".
  3. ^ Clarence at; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine)..Retrieved July 19, 2018
  4. ^ Fleming, John (August 1924). "Clarence". Pictures and the Picturegoer. London: Odhams Press. Retrieved June 29, 2016.

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