Old Lady 31

Old Lady 31 is a 1920 American silent comedy drama film produced and distributed by Metro Pictures and directed by John Ince. It is based on a novel by Louise Forsslund that was turned into a play by Rachel Crothers. The film starred actress Emma Dunn reprising her 1916 stage success for the screen.[1][2] The film was remade in 1940 as The Captain Is a Lady.

Old Lady 31
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Directed byJohn Ince
Sherry Harris (asst. director)
Produced byMarcus Loew
Written byLouise Forsslund (novel)
Rachel Crothers (play)
June Mathis (scenario)
StarringEmma Dunn
CinematographyWilliam Beckway
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 1920 (1920-05-23)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Based upon a summary of the plot in a review in a film publication,[3] Angie (Dunn) and Abe (Harmon) have been married for many years when bad investments force them to sell their homestead. Angie is to go to the old ladies' home while Abe is to go to live on the poor farm. When the twenty-nine inmates of the old ladies' home see how hard it is for the couple to part, they agree to take Abe in, and he is listed on their roster as "Old Lady 31." There are several comic situations as Abe wins his way into the hearts of his female companions. When some apparently worthless mining stock is found to have some value, the couple are able to return to their home.



  1. ^ Old Lady 31 as produced on Broadway at the 39th Street Theatre, October 30, 1916 to March 1917, 160 performances; IBDb.com
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films: 1911-20 by the American Film Institute, c.1988
  3. ^ "Old Lady 31: Tears and Laughter in Excellently Produced Comedy-Drama". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (16): 3365. April 10, 1920. Retrieved February 21, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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