Mary's Ankle

Mary's Ankle is a 1920 American silent comedy film directed by Lloyd Ingraham and written by Luther Reed based upon the play of the same name by May Tully. The film stars Douglas MacLean, Doris May, Victor Potel, Neal Burns, James Gordon, and Lizette Thorne.[1][2] The film was released on February 29, 1920, by Paramount Pictures.

Mary's Ankle
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Directed byLloyd Ingraham
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Screenplay byLuther Reed
Based onMary's Ankle
by May Tully
StarringDouglas MacLean
Doris May
Victor Potel
Neal Burns
James Gordon
Lizette Thorne
CinematographyBert Cann
Edited byHarry L. Decker
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 29, 1920 (1920-02-29)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Dr. Arthur P. Hampton (MacLean), a struggling young physician, announces his marriage to a fictitious "Mary Jane Smith" in an effort to get his wealthy uncle George P. Hampton (Gordon) to give him and his two friends, a lawyer and a broker, sufficient funds to get them out of financial difficulties. He then finds himself in a difficult position when an injured young woman is brought to his office for treatment proves to be Mary Jane Smith (May) and his uncle appears to meet the bride. Mary consents to a temporary deception. Matters become complicated when the uncle insists on their accompanying him on a trip to Hawaii and informs them that he is to marry a Miss Burns (Thorne), who is Mary's aunt. The troubles of Arthur and Mary become acute on the ship. Finally, an explanation results in forgiveness, and they make the trip a honeymoon by having the ship's captain marry them.


Preservation status

A copy of the film is in the Library of Congress.[4][5][6]


  1. "Mary-s-Ankle - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. "Mary's Ankle". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. "Reviews: Mary's Ankle". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (8): 73. February 21, 1920.
  4. Progressive Silent Film List: Mary's Ankle at
  5. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: ..Mary's Ankle
  6. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.113 c.1978 the American Film Institute
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