Why Smith Left Home
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Directed byDonald Crisp
Written byElmer Harris
Based onWhy Smith Left Home
by George Broadhurst
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
StarringBryant Washburn
Lois Wilson
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum (as C. Edgar Schoenbaum)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 19, 1919 (1919-10-19)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Still with Lois Wilson and Bryant Washburn

Why Smith Left Home is a 1919 American silent film farce directed by Donald Crisp and starring Bryant Washburn. Famous Players–Lasky produced the film with distribution through Paramount Pictures.[1] This film is based on the turn of the century play, Why Smith Left Home, by George Broadhurst.[2] The play starred Maclyn Arbuckle in the Washburn role.

An incomplete copy of Why Smith Left Home is held at the Library of Congress.[3][4]



  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Why Smith Left Home
  2. ^ Why Smith Left Home on Broadway as a play, 1899 and 1900; IBDb.com
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 208, c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Why Smith Left Home