Something to Think About

Something to Think About is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The film stars Elliott Dexter and Gloria Swanson.[2] Prints of the film exist at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, and at the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.[3]

Something to Think About
Glass slide used to promote the film in theaters
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Jesse L. Lasky
Story byJeanie MacPherson
StarringElliott Dexter
CinematographyKarl Struss
Alvin Wyckoff
Edited byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 17, 1920 (1920-10-17)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$915,848.51[1]


As described in a film magazine,[4] David Markely's (Dexter) affection for Ruth Anderson (Swanson) followed her from childhood and deepened with her womanhood. He is a young man of means but a cripple, while she is the daughter of a blacksmith. David persuades her father to allow him to have her educated. When she returns from school, the father realizes David's attitude towards Ruth and plans their marriage. Ruth, against her father's wishes, marries Jim Dirk (Blue), the young lover of her heart. A few years later Jim is killed in a subway accident. Ruth returns to her father for forgiveness but finds him blinded by the sparks from his forge and on the way to the county poorhouse. He is stubborn in his unforgiveness of her. She is about to take her own life when David rescues her, offering the protection of his name for her and the child that is about to be born to her. As his wife she eventually realizes a great love for him which he refuses to admit is anything but gratitude. The preachings of his housekeeper (McDowell) have an effect that brings about the reconciliation of Ruth and her father, and through the little boy Bobby (Moore) he becomes a member of the happy household.


Production notes

Something to Think About began filming on January 20, 1920, with a budget of $169,330. Filming completed on March 30, 1920. The film was released on October 20, 1920 and grossed a total of $915,848.51.[1]


  1. Birchard, Robert S. (2009). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 38. ISBN 0-813-13829-9.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Something to Think About". Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  3. "Something to Think About". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  4. "Reviews: Something to Think About". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (15): 107. October 9, 1920.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.