Leatrice Joy in "Changing Husbands" + Oliver Hardy in "Fluttering Hearts"

Infidelity’s never looked so classy! That’s right, mister — you heard me, ma’am — Changing Husbands is a real wife-swappin’, chart-toppin’ hit! Supervised by the silent film world heavyweight champ Cecil B. DeMille, director Frank Urson does a marvelous job maneuvering his cast of dapper dimwits through a broad range of snazzy locales and scenes chock-full of comedic kookiness. The lovely Leatrice Joy plays two lookalike dames, so you get to see her twice as much: one gal’s an aspiring actress, and the other’s a Broadway superstar sick of soaking up the spotlight. So what do they do? They trade lives, and husbands for that matter — but their scheme doesn’t go quite according to plan! This movie’s a real breath of fresh comedy air, alternating between beats of razor-sharp wit and downright screwball antics. Its subject matter is also quite racy for the Roaring Twenties, and it revels in the mischief, culminating in a pugnacious confrontation and an implied double divorce in Reno! This one’s hotsy-totsy, folks, so bring yourselves a date and get ready to bust a gut. The evening’s screening opens with the short subjects Fluttering Hearts and Rivals, both starring Oliver Hardy!

Changing Husbands   Dirs. Paul Iribe & Frank Urson, 1924, 35mm, 70 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Library Of Congress)
Rivals   Dir. Ward Hayes, 1925, 35mm., 22 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Library Of Congress)
Fluttering Hearts   Dir. James Parrott, 1927, 16mm, 22 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch our trailer for “Changing Husbands”!