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Too Much Johnson (1919 film)

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Too Much Johnson
Too Much Johnson poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byDonald Crisp
Written byThomas J. Geraghty (scenario)
Based onToo Much Johnson
by William Gillette
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
StarringBryant Washburn
Lois Wilson
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum
Edited byNan Heron
Dorothy Arzner
Distributed byParamount Pictures - Artcraft
Release date
  • December 1919 (1919-12)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
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Too Much Johnson is a lost[1] 1919 American silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Donald Crisp during his phase as an important film director. This film stars in the leads Bryant Washburn and Lois Wilson.[2][3]

This film is based on William Gillette's 1894 play Too Much Johnson and is the second film attempt at the play, the first having been a short in 1900.[4] Famously, Orson Welles made a short and unfinished amateur version of the play and he may have not known of this feature silent from 1919.


As described in a film magazine,[5] Augustus Billings (Washburn), who lives in deadly fear of his mother-in-law Mrs. Batterson (Farrington), risks fate by taking a yacht trip with his friend Billy Lounsberry (Blue), who owns some oil wells in Mexico. Augustus' alibi to his wife (Wilson) is that he has purchased an interest in the oil wells and has been called there to look after them. The yacht is owned by a romantic married woman to whom Augustus is introduced as "Johnson." Boat owner Mrs. Dathis (Lorimer) carries on a flirtation with "Johnson" and invites him on another cruise. Plans for the second cruise are foiled when the jealous Leon Dathis (Banks) finds out About the planned outing, and begins a search for "Johnson." To further complicate the plot, Mrs. Billings and her mother decide to accompany Augustus on his second trip. Caught, Augustus books passage on a steamer to Mexico and takes his wife and mother-in-law along. On the same boat goes the jealous Mr. Dathis. Meanwhile, Billy Lounsberry sells his oil wells to a Mr. Johnson (Geldart) and departs Mexico. Meanwhile, also on the steamer is a young woman Leonora (Hope) who is to marry this Mr. Johnson through a mail arrangement along with her father (Gastrock) and disappointed sweetheart Henry (Hackathorn). This leads to several difficulties, which are resolved, when the seven reach the Johnson oil wells. Augustus frees himself from his mother-in-law by marrying her off to the owner of the oil wells, Mr. Johnson.



  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Too Much Johnson
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Too Much Johnson at
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Too Much Johnson
  4. ^ Too Much Johnson produced on Broadway, Standard Theatre, November 26, 1894 to June 1895; 216 performances;
  5. ^ "Reviews: Too Much Johnson". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (4): 65. January 24, 1920.

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