A School for Husbands

A School for Husbands is a lost[1] 1917 American comedy silent film directed by George Melford, written by Hugh Stanislaus Stange and Harvey F. Thew, and starring Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, Edythe Chapman, Frank Elliott, Mabel Van Buren and James Neill. It was released on April 5, 1917, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3]

A School for Husbands
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Directed byGeorge Melford
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byHugh Stanislaus Stange
Harvey F. Thew
StarringFannie Ward
Jack Dean
Edythe Chapman
Frank Elliott
Mabel Van Buren
James Neill
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (French)
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 5, 1917 (1917-04-05)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States


A woman named Betty (Fannie Ward) is simple and plain, her husband finds that boring and doesn't invite her out. She decides she needs to wear nicer clothes to get the attention of her husband. Suddenly she inherits a large amount of money while at the same time her husband loses all his money in a stock market crash. Her husband doesn't realize she is rich so he goes out to California to sell some of their property to raise some final money. She takes a car out to find him but she is accompanied by another man. When her husband sees this he fights with the man, and Betty's husband mistakenly thinks he kills the other man. When the police and the man who was really killed show up at the same time, Betty's husband realizes he has been acting foolishly. Betty decides to forgive him and they decide to try to give their marriage another fresh try.[4]



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