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Scrambled Wives

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Scrambled Wives
Newspaper advertisement
Directed byEdward H. Griffith
Produced byMarguerite Clark
Written byGardner Hunt (scenario)
Based onThe First Mrs. Chiverick
by Adelaide Matthews
StarringMarguerite Clark
CinematographyWilliam McCoy
Ray June
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • March 1921 (1921-03)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Scrambled Wives is a lost 1921 American silent comedy film produced by and starring Marguerite Clark. It was directed by Edward H. Griffith and released through Associated First National. This film had one color sequence, presumably a 1-strip Technicolor process being that Technicolor's Ray June is one of the cameramen. This film marks Clark's final screen performance.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[2] This film is based on the play The First Mrs. Chiverick by Adelaide Matthews.


Based on a description in a film publication,[3] Mary Smith (Clark) gives a party in her college room when John Chiverick (Bunker) is found in attendance. Because he has "compromised" her, John feels obligated to marry Mary. Immediately after the ceremony, Mary's father (Washburn) has the marriage annulled and sends Mary abroad. After two years she returns and sees her former husband at a Long Island house party. There is much concern about the disgrace that would be caused if her marriage annulment were to become public knowledge. Larry McCleod (Gendron) is at the party and is in love with Mary, although he believes that she is a widow. She accepts his proposal after confessing her situation.

Film still of the house party
Film still of the house party


  • Marguerite Clark as Miss Mary Lucille Smith
  • Pierre Gendron as Larry McCleod
  • Ralph Bunker as John Chiverick
  • Florence Martin as Bessie
  • Virginia Lee as Beatrice Lee
  • Alice Mann as Connie Chiverick
  • Frank Badgley as Dickie Van Arsdale
  • America Chedister as Mrs. Halsey
  • John Mayer as Mr. Halsey
  • John Washburn as Mr. Smith
  • Thomas Braidon as The Butler
  • Ada Neville as Mrs. Spencer
  • Emma Wilcox as Dot


In the public area of the Metro Bank in Guildford there is an enlarged photograph dating from 1923 can be seen of Guildford High Street. The photograph measures approx. 20 ft x 10 ft. On the right of the photo Scrambled Wives, can be seen advertised at the front of a playhouse (that has since been demolished).


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Scrambled Wives(Wayback)
  2. ^ a b Progressive Silent Film List: Scrambled Wives at
  3. ^ "Scrambled Wives: Adaption of Stage Play Would be More Amusing if Not So Long". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (59): 5. May 29, 1921. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
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