Male and Female

Male and Female

Gloria Swanson in Male and Female
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Jeanie Macpherson
Based on The Admirable Crichton
by J. M. Barrie
Starring Gloria Swanson
Thomas Meighan
Music by Sydney Jill Lehman (1997 version)
Cinematography Alvin Wyckoff
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 23, 1919 (1919-11-23)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $168,619.28[1]
Box office $1,256,226.59[1]
Male and Female

Male and Female is a 1919 American silent adventure/drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan.[2] Its main themes are gender relations and social class. The film is based on the J. M. Barrie play The Admirable Crichton.[1]

A previous version was filmed the year before in England as The Admirable Crichton.


The film centers on the relationship between Lady Mary Loam (Swanson), a British aristocrat, and her butler, Crichton (Meighan). Crichton fancies a romance with Mary, but she disdains him because of his lower social class. When the two and some others are shipwrecked on a deserted island, they are left to fend for themselves in a state of nature.

The aristocrats' abilities to survive are far worse than those of Crichton, and a role reversal ensues, with the butler becoming a king among the stranded group. Crichton and Mary are about to wed on the island when the group is rescued. Upon returning to Britain, Crichton chooses not to marry Mary; instead, he asks a maid, Tweeny (who was attracted to Crichton throughout the film), to marry him, and the two move to the United States.


The film contains two famous scenes, indicative of de Mille's predilections as a filmmaker.



The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

DVD release

Male and Female was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on January 28, 2014.[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 144. ISBN 0-813-12324-0.
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Male and Female at
  3. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  4. "Alpha Video - Male and Female". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
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