Don't Change Your Husband

Don't Change Your Husband is a 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gloria Swanson. The film was the third of six "marriage films" directed by DeMille and the first DeMille film starring Gloria Swanson.[1][2] A print of the film is stored at the George Eastman House.[3] The film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment with The Golden Chance.[4]

Don't Change Your Husband
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Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Story byJeanie MacPherson
StarringElliott Dexter
CinematographyAlvin Wyckoff
Edited byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 26, 1919 (1919-01-26)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$292,134.10[1]


Based upon a description in a film magazine,[5] Leila Porter (Swanson) has grown tired of her husband James Denby Porter (Dexter), the glue king, as she is romantic but he is prosaic. Moreover, he is careless of his personal appearance, gets cigar ash in the carpet, and eats green onions before he tries to kiss her. She obtains a divorce and then marries James' friend Schuyler Van Sutphen (Cody), but discovers that Van Sutphen is a real beast. When she later discovers that her ex-husband has changed as a result of the divorce, still loves her, and would be happy to have her back, Leila divorces once again in order to remarry James.



  1. ^ a b c Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 135. ISBN 0-813-12324-0.
  2. ^ I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies. Random House Digital, Inc. 2013. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-307-26916-4.
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Don't Change Your Husband". Silent Era. Retrieved June 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Don't Change Your Husband/The Golden Chance - Amazon Retrieved May 24, 2017
  5. ^ "Advertising Aids for Busy Managers: Don't Change Your Husband". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (6): 810. February 8, 1919. Retrieved July 22, 2014.

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