When the Clouds Roll By

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When the Clouds Roll By
When the Clouds Roll by.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Victor Fleming
Theodore Reed (uncredited)
Produced by Douglas Fairbanks
Written by Douglas Fairbanks (story)
T. J. G. (scenario)
Lewis Weadon (uncredited)
Starring Douglas Fairbanks
Cinematography William McGann
Harry Thorpe
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • December 28, 1919 (1919-12-28)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

When the Clouds Roll By is a 1919 American comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Victor Fleming and Theodore Reed.[1] A copy of the film exists in an archive.[1]


A man follows the advice of a psychiatrist as he romances a woman in Greenwich Village.



Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance considers When the Cloud Rolls By to be the "best of all the contemporary Fairbanks comedies." "Executed at a breathless pace, When the Clouds Roll By is a masterful showpiece for the whirling cyclone of energy that was Douglas Fairbanks." Vance's highest praise is for the elaborate dream sequence, which he deems "a virtual encapsulation of every gymnastic feat in the Fairbanks repertoire" and notes that Fairbanks's walk on the ceiling of his home anticipates the celebrated "dancing on the ceiling" sequence in Stanley Donen's Royal Wedding (1951). Vance also notes that the film's flood sequence conclusion presages a similar ending in Buster Keaton's classic Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928).[2]


  1. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: When the Clouds Roll By at silentera.com
  2. ^ Vance, Jeffrey. Douglas Fairbanks (Berkeley, 2008), 81-83 ISBN 978-0-520-25667-5.

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