The Frisky Mrs. Johnson

The Frisky Mrs. Johnson is a 1920 silent film comedy starring Billie Burke. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. It is based on a 1903 Broadway stage play by Clyde Fitch. On the stage Burke's part was played by Amelia Bingham. Burke's next to last silent film. It is a lost film.[1][2]

The Frisky Mrs. Johnson
Film poster
Directed byEdward Dillon
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byLawrence McClosky (scenario)
Based onThe Frisky Mrs. Johnson
by Clyde Fitch
Madame Flirt
by Paul Gavault and Georges Berr
StarringBillie Burke
CinematographyGeorge Folsey
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 21, 1920 (1920-11-21)
Running time
5 reels, 5,586 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
(English intertitles)


As summarized in a film publication,[3] Mrs. Belle Johnson (Burke) is a widow and has a married sister Grace Morley (Warrington) who is unhappy and is having an affair with Sir Lionel Heathcote (Gordon). Belle tries to keep them apart to save her sister's reputation. Frank Morley (Hare), a brother of Grace's husband and a previous love of Belle, returns and soon he and Belle are in love again and planning to elope. At the same time Grace is planning on running off with Heathcote, and a note sent to her is found by her husband Jim (Crane). Jim follows his wife Grace to Heathcote's apartment, but Belle gets there ahead of them and pretends that the note was meant for her. Franks hears of this and wants nothing more with Belle. Eventually, Grace decides that she cannot let her sister sacrifice her happiness and tells her husband the truth. Frank goes back with Belle, and Grace says that she is getting a divorce so that she can marry Heathcote.



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