~Mary's Ankle~
Paramount Presents Doris May and Douglas MacLean in Well Made Farce Comedy

Mary's Ankle as a stage farce was a big success a few years back, and Mary's Ankle as adapted
for the screen by Paramount is just as big a success, if not bigger, for many reasons. First of all it
presents two youngsters, who, in a short space of time, have become extremely popular. In fact,
their names today are almost as well-known among theatre patrons as many old-time stars.
Reference is made to Douglas MacLean and Doris May, who were a tremendous hit in
23 1/2
Hours Leave
and  they were great; we'd like to see them in Mary's Ankle, and that is why the
Broadway-Strand, Detroit, enjoyed a big business during the seven days that
Mary's Ankle
played there.

The picture is a capital farce and a capital picture, clean and humorous throughout. Photography,
direction, settings and supporting cast are all deserving the praise.

Review by: Jacob Smith - publication unknown.
~Plot Synopsis~
While walking along the street one day, Arthur P. Hampton, an impoverished young doctor, and his
chums, Stub Masters and Johnny Stokes, are persuaded to part with their last remaining funds by
tag day solicitor Mary Jane Smith, with whom the doctor promptly falls in love. Doc's friends then
hit upon a get-rich-quick scheme. Knowing that his Uncle George has promised a large sum of
money upon his nephew's marriage, they persuade Doc to send out fake wedding invitations naming
Mary Jane as the blushing bride. Uncle George, elated at the good news, writes to Mary Jane's aunt,
Angelica Burns, an old sweetheart, to invite Mary Jane and Angelica to be his guests on an ocean
voyage. Meanwhile, Mary Jane pays a visit to the doctor's office and, upon seeing the wedding
invitations, becomes so flustered that she trips and sprains her ankle. Doc comes to her rescue and
then begs her to pose as his wife. She agrees, but at ship side, Stub and Johnnie confess all to Uncle
George, who flies into a rage until Doc announces that he and Mary Jane have chosen a wedding at

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham

Written by:
Luther Reed - scenario

Based on the play Mary's Ankle by May Tully (New York, 6 Aug 1917).

Douglas MacLean ...Dr. Arthur P. Hampton
Doris May ...Mary Jane Smith
Victor Potel ...Johnny Stokes
Neal Burns ...Stub Masters
James Gordon ...George P. Hampton
Lizette Thorne ...Angelica Burns
Ida Lewis  ...Mrs. Merrivale
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Thomas H. Ince Corporation

Distribution Company: Paramount-Artcraft Pictures

Cinematography by: Bert Cann
Film Editing by: Harry L. Decker
Art Direction by: W.L. Heywood
Art Titles: Irvin J. Martin
Technical Director: Harvey C. Leavitt

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: February 29, 1920
09/27/2011: Note from Buckey Grimm:  
May Tully who wrote the play Mary's Ankle later directed 2 films "The Old Oaken Bucket" and
"That Old Gang of Mine" She was very talented and accomplished in the legit stage as well as
vaudeville as an actress, writer, producer and director until her premature death in 1924 at the age
of 39.
09/27/2011: Note from Brian Taves  
Some more details from my Ince book (with data from the company papers): MARY'S ANKLE was
from a Max Tully stage Broadway stage success for which Ince had paid $20,0000 for the rights.
MacLean plays a physician whose only patient is his landlady, and finally decides to follow his
uncle's advice and wed, hoping this might gain him a marriage settlement. The physician and his
buddies make up the name Mary Jane Smith, not realizing she is actually the niece of a woman his
uncle once loved. The movie, shot from August 20 to October 2, 1919, cost $58,823, and grossed