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Mutt & Jeff: Domestic Difficulties (1916)
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(Note: I could not find this under the many Mutt & Jeff silent cartoons so I inserted it here with the title and year in the summary.)

I remember reading "Mutt and Jeff" in the comics in the daily newspaper when I was a small kid. I enjoyed them, but, watching this 90-year-old cartoon isn't quite as much fun. Two main things: no sound (literally none, not even some noises) and a very slow-moving story. At least the characters were drawn exactly how I remember them in the '50s and '60s.

Mutt's wife is going out and tells her henpecked husband to go to bed. He pretends he's sleeping but he already plans to meet his buddy Jeff and have a few drinks somewhere. After several failed attempts, they finally succeed. Most of the long (9-10 minutes) cartoon is him attempting to sneak out and then sneak back in later. Believe me, there isn't much to it, and, with no sound, it drags. The ending was pretty funny, though, I have to give them that.

This cartoon was an added bonus on disc one of the Popeye The Sailor Man 19433-1938 Volume One DVD.


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