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The Wise Guy
Directed byFrank Lloyd
Written byJules Furthman (story)
Adela Rogers St. Johns (adaptation)
Ada McQuillan (scenario)
George Marion, Jr. (intertitles)
Produced byFrank Lloyd
StarringMary Astor
James Kirkwood
Betty Compson
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 1926 (1926-05-23)
Running time
8 reels (7,775 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Wise Guy is a 1926 American silent crime drama film produced and directed by Frank Lloyd and distributed through First National Pictures. Jules Furthman provided a screen story with scenario by Adela Rogers St. Johns. Mary Astor, James Kirkwood, and Betty Compson star.[1]



Because the Kirkwood character was a criminal posing as an evangelistic minister who performs marriage and burial ceremonies, the film was found by the New York Board of Censors to be sacrilegious and banned from distribution unless remade. The Board was also concerned by the number of times the name of the Deity appeared in subtitles spoken by the fake minister. First National estimated the cost of resolving the Board's issues to be an additional $50,000 above the initial cost of $175,000.[2]


Previously considered lost, The Wise Guy is preserved at the National Archives of Canada.[3][4]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Wise Guy at
  2. ^ "1st Nat'l's Wise Guy Ordered Off by N.Y. State Censors - Cost $175,000", Variety, 83 (5): 4, June 2, 1926, retrieved April 29, 2022
  3. ^ The Wise Guy at Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files: First National Pictures - 1926 Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Wise Guy

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