The Man Who Lost Himself (1920 film)

The Man Who Lost Himself is a lost[1] 1920 American silent comedy drama film directed by Clarence G. Badger and George D. Baker. It was produced by its star, stage actor William Faversham, and Lewis J. Selznick. The film is based on a story by Henry De Vere Stacpoole.[2][3] Faversham plays dual roles of an English nobleman and an American who looks just like him.

The Man Who Lost Himself
Hedda Hopper and William Faversham
Directed byClarence G. Badger
George D. Baker
Produced byWilliam Faversham
Lewis J. Selznick
Written byHenry De Vere Stacpoole (story)
George D. Baker
StarringWilliam Faversham
Hedda Hopper
CinematographyLucien N. Andriot
Distributed bySelznick Pictures
Release date
May 30, 1920
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] American Victor Jones (Faversham) finds himself penniless and stranded in London. He meets the Earl of Rochester (Faversham), and the similarity between the two is so noticeable that even friends mistake Jones for the Earl. The Earl is estranged from his wife (Hopper) and family, owes great sums of money, and is considered in a bad light by acquaintances. He gets Jones drunk and sends him to the Rochester mansion, and then commits suicide. Until Jones receives a note written by the Earl prior to his death, he does not perceive his position. After reading the note, Jones immediately begins to pose as the Earl, but later reveals this scheme. However, he has fallen in love with the Earl's widow and they decide to reside in the United States.



According to The New York Times reviewer, provided the viewer could accept that an American, with no prior knowledge of the Englishman's life, could pass for him, "Any one disposed to make the necessary assumptions may, and undoubtedly will, enjoy the photoplay, for the two leading rôles are played by William Faversham with unfailing pantomimic ability and sureness of characterization."[5]


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