Virtuous Wives

Virtuous Wives is a lost[1] 1918 American silent drama film directed by George Loane Tucker, and stars Anita Stewart. Future gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (billed as Mrs. DeWolf Hopper) co-starred. Based on the novel of the same name by Owen Johnson,[2] the film was produced Anita Stewart's, production company. It was also the first film produced by Louis B. Mayer.[3]

Virtuous Wives
Ad for film with Anita Stewart
Directed byGeorge Loane Tucker
Produced byLouis B. Mayer
Anita Stewart
Written byGeorge Loane Tucker (scenario)
Based onVirtuous Wives
by Owen Johnson
StarringAnita Stewart
Music byPhil Spitalny
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • December 28, 1918 (1918-12-28)
Running time
60 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Based upon a review in a film magazine,[4] Amy (Stewart) and Andrew Forrester (Tearle) are happy in the first few weeks of their married life with the comforts that his $25,000 income brings. Andrew turns down a business opportunity with steel magnate Maurice Delabarre (Arden), but Delabarre decides he needs Andrew's business abilities, and invites the couple to his house. Amy finds her living standard wanting, and demands that Andrew accept the offer even though it will cause them to be separated. After he accepts, Amy throws herself into the gaieties of the social set and even challenges the position of Delabarre's wife Irma (Hopper). Irma, finding her social throne tottering, sends for Andrew. On his return, he judges Amy's new lifestyle by old standards and wonders whether she is a virtuous wife.


  • Anita Stewart - Amy Forrester
  • Conway Tearle - Andrew Forrester
  • Mrs. DeWolf Hopper - Irma Delabarre
  • Edwin Arden - Maurice Delabarre
  • William "Stage" Boyd - Monte Bracken
  • Virginia Norden - Mrs. Teake, Sr
  • Katherine Lewis - Mrs. Teake Jr.
  • Captain Mortimer - 'Jap; Laracy
  • Harold Gwynn - Tubby Vandergrift
  • Gwen Williams - Kitty Lightbody
  • Lucille Clayton - Miss Rushin
  • Thomas Carr - Bobby Delabarre
  • Philip Leigh - Teddy Dawson
  • George Stewart


  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Virtuous Wives
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Virtuous Wives at
  3. Eyman, Scott (2005). Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer. Simon and Schuster. p. 52. ISBN 1-439-10791-2.
  4. "Advertising Aids for Busy Managers: Virtuous Wives". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (2): 249. Jan 11, 1919. Retrieved 2014-07-03.

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