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Clarence (1922)




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Wallace Reid plays against type in this comedy-drama, based on the play by Booth Tarkington. As a matter of fact, he does a fair imitation of Alfred Lunt, who played the title role on Broadway. He even parts his hair in the middle and wears horn-rimmed glasses, just as Lunt did. Clarence Smith (Reid) is an ex-soldier who is hired for odd jobs by Mr. Wheeler (Edward Martindel) primarily because he has overheard a family argument. And the Wheeler household is going through quite a bit of turmoil -- Mrs. Wheeler (Kathlyn Williams) feels neglected by her husband and is jealous of Violet Pinney, the governess (Agnes Ayres). Daughter Cora (May McAvoy) is planning to elope with her father's secretary, Hubert Stem (Adolphe Menjou). Son Bobby (Robert Agnew), meanwhile, has been making passes at the maid. Clarence manages to solve the Wheelers' various problems -- he kidnaps Cora back from Stem, repairs everyone's hurts and ends up with Violet. Reid, incidentally, was directed by both DeMille brothers -- Cecil B. and William C. -- at one point or another during his career. Sadly, the star would be dead from drug abuse within six months of this picture's release.


Wallace Reid
as Clarence Smith
May McAvoy
as Cora Wheeler
Edward Martindel
as Mr. Wheeler
Agnes Ayres
as Violet Pinney
Bertram Johns
as Dinwiddy
Mayme Kelso
as Mrs. Martin
Adolphe Menjou
as Hubert Stein
Robert Agnew
as Bobby Wheeler
Kathlyn Williams
as Mrs. Wheeler
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Critic Reviews for Clarence

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

They've made a pleasant screen comedy out of material taken from Booth Tarkington play, Clarence.

July 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The picture is a demonstration of the fact that the screen can be the medium of fine character delineation and gentle humor and is not by any means restricted to horseplay and crude melodrama.

July 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Mr. Reid's expert interpretation of this character ought to silence those jealous males who have always said of him, scornfully, that he can't do anything but look pretty.

October 6, 2021 | Full Review…

It is a bright, amusing picture and offers a first rate entertainment. It is not composed of weighty situations or particularly strong ones, but it makes for a genuinely amusing picture and that is all that is necessary.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

There are some bright scenes in the screen version but they are too widely separated.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It is the kind of a picture that gets you almost immediately and keeps you entertained and in good humor throughout.

July 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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