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A House Divided (1913)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 2 May 1913 (USA)
A married couple decide to "live separately together."

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Fraunie Fraunholz ...
Gerald Hutton
Marian Swayne ...
Diana Hutton
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Gerald Hutton and his lovely wife Diana grow suspicious of one another through (false) circumstantial evidence. At a lawyer's suggestion "they agree to live separately together." Very soon, both regret agreeing not to speak to one another. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Turner Classic Movies showed a version with a piano score on the soundtrack, and running 13 minutes. See more »

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The married couple's separation agreement is shown in close-up, with both signatures in place. Then the husband and wife are each shown signing it. See more »

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Title Card: THEY AGREE TO LIVE SEPARATELY TOGETHER.
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Edited into Women Who Made the Movies (1992) See more »

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amusing proto-screwball comedy
17 May 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

A man gets sprayed with perfume by a salesman at work, and when he gets home, his wife thinks he's been with another women. He in turn finds some men's gloves and thinks she's been with another man. They look into a divorce, but decide to have a lawyer draw up a contract that will have them continue living together, communicating only through correspondence, but keeping up appearances their marriage is solid. This becomes particularly difficult when mother comes to visit, and they must also entertain guests. However, they do have a genuine love for each other, and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to remain mad at each other.

I think this could be considered an early screwball comedy, though it predates it as conventionally defined by twenty years.


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