Mrs. Temple's Telegram

Mrs. Temple's Telegram is a 1920 American silent comedy film directed by James Cruze and starring Bryant Washburn and Wanda Hawley. It is based on the 1905 Broadway play Mrs. Temple's Telegram by Frank Wyatt.[1] It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount Pictures.[2]

Mrs. Temple's Telegram
Still of Hawley and Washburn with the caption "Slept all night on a department store roof, eh? That's a tall one."
Directed byJames Cruze
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byElmer Harris (scenario)
Based onMrs. Temple's Telegram
by Frank Wyatt
StarringBryant Washburn
CinematographyHenry Kotani
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 9, 1920 (1920-05-09)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

This film survives and is preserved at the Library of Congress and at Gosfilmofond, Moscow.[3][4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] Jack Temple (Washburn) adores his wife, but Mrs. Clara Temple (Hawley) is extremely jealous, and accuses him of flirting with a pretty woman in a department store tea room. After his wife's departure, the woman in question follows Jack around the store and even onto the roof of the building, where he was trying to hide. They are locked in there by the night watchman and have to remain on the roof all night. Jack realizes his wife will never believe this story, so he invents a yarn about visiting his friend John Brown (White) in a distant town. Clara suspects that he is not telling the truth and sends a telegram to Brown, while Jack convinces a friend to impersonate Brown and come to his house. Receiving the telegram, Brown goes to the Temple home. Things become complicated with the arrival of Mrs. Brown (Schaefer), the pretty young woman who caused all the trouble, but, after she introduces herself as one of Clara's cousins, all ends happily.



  1. Mrs. Temple's Telegram produced on Broadway in 1905 and 1906
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Mrs. Temple's Telegram
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Mrs. Temple's Telegram
  4. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 115 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  5. "Reviews: Mrs. Temple's Telegram". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (19): 84. May 8, 1920.

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