The Sultan's Wife

The Sultan's Wife is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed by Clarence G. Badger and starring Bobby Vernon and Gloria Swanson.[1] The film is also known under the title Caught in a Harem.

The Sultan's Wife
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Directed byClarence G. Badger
Produced byMack Sennett
(Keystone Studios)
StarringBobby Vernon
Gloria Swanson
Keystone Film Company
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 30, 1917 (1917-09-30)
Running time
18 minutes; 2 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Gloria follows sailor boyfriend Bobby to India. After she is kidnapped by the sultan, who wants her for his harem, Bobby must come to the rescue.[2]



Like many American films of the time, The Sultan's Wife was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the scenes with a man on a bench wiggling his posterior after seeing dancers in the background, of the Sultan falling backwards after the dance and spreading his arms and legs, and of the man and woman knocking into each other.[3]


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Sultan's Wife". Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  2. IMBD
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (17): 33. October 20, 1917.
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