Civilian Clothes

Civilian Clothes is a surviving 1920 American silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It stars Thomas Meighan and was directed by Hugh Ford. This film is based on a Broadway play, Civilian Clothes, by Thompson Buchanan. Thurston Hall played Meighan's part in the play. Civilian Clothes is preserved at the Gosfilmofond Russian Archives, Moscow.[1][2][3][4][5]

Civilian Clothes
Directed byHugh Ford
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byClara Beranger (scenario)
Based onCivilian Clothes
by Thompson Buchanan
StarringThomas Meighan
Martha Mansfield
CinematographyHal Young
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05)
Running time
60 minutes; 6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[6] Florence Lanham (Mansfield), married in France while a Salvation Army worker to Captain Sam McGinnis (Meighan), returns to society life in America after receiving word that he was killed in battle. She keeps news of her wedding secret and permits the attentions of Billy Arkwright (Hickman), an early lover. When McGinnis suddenly appears on the scene, clothed in startlingly bold habiliments, the Lanham stubbornness asserts itself. To impart upon her his own gospel of democracy, McGinnis obtains the place of a discharged butler in the Lanham household. With the help of a former Colonel and a lively young widow, he succeeds in his plan to teach her a lesson about her snobbishness, completely conquering and humbling the young wife, who finds that, after all, the clothes make little difference to the depth of real love.



  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Civilian Clothes at
  3. Civilian Clothes on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre, September 12, 1919;
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Civilian Clothes
  5. "The Screen" (second item), The New York Times, September 6, 1920
  6. "Reviews: Civilian Clothes". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (12): 91. September 18, 1920.

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