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|My Official Wife|
|Directed by||Paul L. Stein|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. (as Warner Brothers Production)|
|74 min. (7,846 feet)|
My Official Wife is a 1926 silent film by Austrian director Paul L. Stein, and his first American film. It stars Irene Rich and Conway Tearle. It is an adaptation of the 1891 novel My Official Wife by Richard Henry Savage (which had been filmed once before in 1914 by the Vitagraph Company of America with Clara Kimball Young as the lead), but the storyline was updated to include World War I.
- Irene Rich as Hélène, Countess Orloff
- Conway Tearle as Alexander, aka Sascha
- Jane Winton as Demimondaine
- Gustav von Seyffertitz as Grand Duke
- Stuart Holmes as Ivan
- John Miljan as Nicholas
- Émile Chautard as Count Orloff, Hélène's Father
- Sidney Bracey as Valet to Sascha
- Michael Vavitch as Commandant
- Tom Ford
- Russell Ritchie
- Tom Costello
- Igor Presnikoff
- Florence Wagner
Film Daily compiled newspaper review quotes upon the film's release (as it did for many releases), citing the New York American as stating it was "repulsive ... players are badly miscast." The Daily News called it "worth going to see ... well acted, well directed and nicely dressed up bit of screen hokum." The Evening World called it a "matinee picture for unhurried chocolate munchers ... too long and too slow moving," and the Morning Telegraph dubbed it "first rate entertainment ... our interest never for one moment lagged."
According to Warner Bros records the film earned $219,000 domestically and $96,000 foreign.
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- Kennedy, Thomas C. (October 23, 1926). "My Official Wife: Love and Romance in Imperial Russia". Motion Picture News. p. 1594.
- "When All Dukes Were Grand Ones" (PDF). Greenpoint Weekly Star. November 12, 1926.
- "Newspaper Opinions". The Film Daily. November 3, 1926. p. 9.
- Kobal, John, ed. (1976). Hollywood Glamor Portraits: 145 Photos of Stars, 1926–1949. New York: Courier Corporation. ISBN 978-0-486-23352-9.
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