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Don't Tell Everything is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gloria Swanson and Wallace Reid. Wood apparently created this film in part from outtakes left over from Cecil DeMille's The Affairs of Anatol (1921).[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[1]

Don't Tell Everything
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Directed bySam Wood
Written byAlbert S. Le Vino
Lorna Moon
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
StarringGloria Swanson
Wallace Reid
Dorothy Cumming
Elliott Dexter
CinematographyAlfred Gilks
Famous Players-Lasky
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 1921 (1921-11-13)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
From left to right: Wallace Reid, Dorothy Cumming, Gloria Swanson, and Elliott Dexter
From left to right: Wallace Reid, Dorothy Cumming, Gloria Swanson, and Elliott Dexter


As described in a film magazine,[3] Cullen Dale (Reid) becomes engaged to Marian Westover (Swanson), and when explaining various photographs showing him intimately juxtaposed between divers young women, spreads a network of falsehoods which promise to involve him in subsequent difficulty. One photograph shows him with Jessica Ramsey (Cumming), a sportswoman who calls her men friends "pals." Learning of Cullen's engagement, she courts his company so consistently that the piqued Marian precipitates a secret marriage. The honeymoon is interrupted by a quarrel which terminates with Cullen's departure for Jessica's hunting lodge. Here Jessica's love-making becomes obvious and the arrival of wife Marian and their mutual friend Harvey Gilroy (Dexter) finds Cullen ready to patch up their differences. After a suitable delay, Marian allows him to do so, with a happy ending ensuing.


See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Don't Tell Everything". Retrieved July 5, 2009.
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Don't Tell Everything
  3. "Reviews: Don't Tell Everything". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (25): 65. December 17, 1921.

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