Male and Female 1919

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Male and Female inside Cueva Valdez,
Santa Cruz Island, 1919

MALE AND FEMALE was filmed, in part, on Santa Cruz Island's north shore in 1919. It is based on the play, The Admiral Crichton, by J. M. Barrie. The film was produced by Karl Struss. THe movie starred the then unknown aspiring actress, Gloria Swanson, with co-stars Thomas Meighan, Lila Lee and Mildred Reardon.

In the News~

October 29, 1919 [SBMP]: “Cecil DeMille, director general of the Famous Players Lasky corporation, is spending a week or so on Santa Cruz Island with a party of moving picture people. They sailed up from San Pedro in his yacht Sea Bee.”

October 30, 1919 [LAT]: “When Cecil DeMille’s great new picture, Male and Female, adapted from J. M. Barrie’s The Admirable Crichton, goes on in New York week after next, not only will Mr. DeMille himself be present, but as a reward for their hard work in the film, members of his staff of players at Lasky studio who enacted some of the leading roles will also be among those present with the thumbs-uppers on the opening night. Already Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan have flitted, and Mr. DeMille himself, who at present is taking a yachting trip, expects to return in time to leave Saturday morning…”