Wife or Country

Wife or Country is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by E. Mason Hopper and starring Gloria Swanson in her last role for Triangle Film Corporation.[1] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[1]

Wife or Country
Wife or Country (1918) - 1.jpg
Film still
Directed byE. Mason Hopper
Written byHarry Mestayer
Charles J. Wilson
StarringGloria Swanson
CinematographyClyde Cook
Distributed byTriangle Film Corporation
Release date
  • December 29, 1918 (1918-12-29)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Based upon a review in a film magazine,[2] Gretchen (Lederer) has reclaimed husband Dale Barker (Mestayer) from a drinking habit, and he has become a lawyer working with the Department of Justice in hunting down German propagandists. Before their marriage, Gretchen had been involved with propagandists and cannot now extricate herself, and she fears discovery by her husband. She is jealous of Sylvia Hamilton (Swanson), Dale's stenographer, and plans on bringing her under suspicion. When arrested as a spy, Sylvia turns over a mass of evidence, some of which incriminates Gretchen, placing Dale between love of country and loyalty to his wife.



  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: Wife or Country". Silent Era. Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Advertising Aids for Busy Managers: Wife or Country". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (2): 251–52. January 11, 1919. Retrieved July 3, 2014.

External linksEdit