What's Your Husband Doing?

What's Your Husband Doing? is a 1920 American silent comedy film directed by Lloyd Ingraham and written by R. Cecil Smith based upon the play of the same name by George V. Hobart. The film stars Douglas MacLean, Doris May, Walter Hiers, William Buckley, Norris Johnson, and Alice Claire Elliott. The film was released on January 25, 1920, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

What's Your Husband Doing?
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Directed byLloyd Ingraham
Produced byThomas H. Ince
Screenplay byR. Cecil Smith
Ella Stuart Carson
Based onWhat's Your Husband Doing?
by George V. Hobart
StarringDouglas MacLean
Doris May
Walter Hiers
William Buckley
Norris Johnson
Alice Claire Elliott
CinematographyCharles J. Stumar
Edited byHarry L. Decker
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 25, 1920 (1920-01-25)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Beatrice Ridley (May), a young wife who possesses a devoted husband, spends her leisure time dreaming up romances about her Robert (Buckley) in which he figures as a gay Lothario and she the much wronged wife. Her suspicions become aroused when Robert receives letters each morning from the Honeysuckle Inn, a roadhouse frequented by sportsmen. These letters Robert quickly conceals with no word of explanation offered. Beatrice suspects the involvement of another woman and consults with attorneys, Widgast and Pidgeon, with a view of obtaining relief. Both of these lawyers are young men with young wives who also suffer torments of jealousy. Mrs. Widgast and Mrs. Pidgeon are on the scent for any possible infidelities on the part of their husbands. All clues lead to the Honeysuckle Inn and when all the characters meet there, there is a general clearing up of complications and ill-founded suspicions.


Survival statusEdit

What's Your Husband Doing? is presumed to be a lost film with only a single incomplete reel surviving at the Library of Congress.[4]


  1. ^ "What's Your Husband Doing?". afi.com. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "What's Your Husband Doing? (1920) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Reviews: What's Your Husband Doing?". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (27): 119. December 27, 1919.
  4. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: What's Your Husband Doing? at silentera.com

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