Maytime 1923


Ottilie Van Zandt is forced to wed her cousin, despite her love for Richard Wayne, the gardener’s son. Richard leaves, vowing to return a wealthy man and eligible suitor for her. He returns to find she has already married and, in turn, marries another girl on impulse. Two generations later, the grandchildren of Ottilie and Richard, who both have inherited their names as well, meet and develop a close friendship that culminates in the romance that their grandparents began but could not consummate years before.

Written by Kieran Kenney


Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Writers: Olga Printzlau (adaptation), Cyrus Wood (operetta) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Ethel Shannon, Harrison Ford, William Norris, Clara Bow

About the Preservation
The surviving reels of Maytime were preserved in 2011 at Colorlab Corp. from a 35mm tinted nitrate release print found at the New Zealand Film Archive. The work was supervised by the Library of Congress and generously funded by Clara Bow scholar David Stenn as part of matching support for a Save America’s Treasures grant secured by the NFPF.



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