His House in Order (1920 film)

His House in Order is a 1920 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Hugh Ford and starred Elsie Ferguson. It is based on a 1906 West End play by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero which also played in New York where it starred John Drew and Margaret Illington. The story was filmed again in the United Kingdom in 1928 and also titled House in Order.[1]

His House in Order
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Directed byHugh Ford
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byHugh Ford (scenario)
Based onHis House in Order
by Arthur Wing Pinero
StarringElsie Ferguson
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 7, 1920 (1920-03-07) (United States)
Running time
5 reels, 1,500 meters
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] young impulsive Englishwoman Nina Graham (Ferguson), left penniless by the death of her father, takes a position as governess in the home of Filmer Jesson (Herbert), M.P. Filmer's wife Annabelle (Steele) is killed in an accident, and Nina learns that Annabelle had been carrying on an affair with an army officer. Later Nina and Filmer marry, but she is harassed by his constant references to his departed wife. His discovery that Annabelle was not the paragon he thought she was unnerves him and he seeks solace in the love of Nina.


  • Elsie Ferguson as Nina Graham
  • Holmes Herbert as Filmer Jesson
  • Vernon Steele as Hillary Jesson
  • Margaret Linden as Annabelle Jesson
  • Marie Burke as Geraldine Ridgley
  • Lawrence Johnson as Derek Jesson
  • William P. Carleton as undetermined role
  • Forrest Robinson as undetermined
  • Jane Jennings as undetermined
  • Lewis Sealy as undetermined
  • Regis Collins as undetermined
  • Inez Borrero as undetermined

Preservation statusEdit

Both the 1920 American and the 1928 British film are now considered to be lost films.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993:His House in Order(Wayback)
  2. ^ "Reviews: His House in Order". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (9): 78. February 28, 1920.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: His House in Order at silentera.com
  4. ^ His House in Order as produced on Broadway at the Empire Theatre, September 3, 1906 to December 1906, 127 performances; IBDb.com

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