Tom Merrill, a cowpuncher, and his pals, after seeing "Grouchy" Bill upbraid his wife, decide upon a plan to tame Bill. Tom takes Mary, Bill's wife, into his confidence, tor the purpose to ... See full summary »

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Tom Merrill, a cowpuncher, and his pals, after seeing "Grouchy" Bill upbraid his wife, decide upon a plan to tame Bill. Tom takes Mary, Bill's wife, into his confidence, tor the purpose to pose as Bill's mother-in-law. Bill is grouchy from the moment the mother-in-law arrives. When he refuses to carry the grip and follow the orders of mother-in-law, he is overpowered by the muscular woman, and made to obey her will. Bill goes to the cowboys, and asks them to saddle up the worst bucking horse on the ranch, and he will take his mother-in-law for a ride. Tom, in the role of mother-in-law, rides the horse with ease, and Bill finally comes to understand that his supposed mother-in-law is really Tom Merrill, cowpuncher, and he is thoroughly tamed. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 September 1916 (USA)  »

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Beat 'em Till He Learns
1 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Taming of Grouchy Bill (1916)

*** (out of 4)

Grouchy Bill (Sid Jordan) is constantly picking on and abusing his new wife (Victoria Forde) so Tom (Tom Mix) decides to teach him a lesson by dressing up as his mother-in- law. THE TAMING OF GROUCHY BILL is a pretty funny short that has a pretty stupid story but it's just so funny that it really doesn't matter. There's no question that the highlights are when the husband gets a taste of his own medicine, which includes getting smacked around quite a few times. In fact, he ends up getting beat up so much and the wife enjoying it that you just know this marriage is never going to last. Mix appears to be having a blast playing the woman and there's a pretty funny sequence of him getting dressed up for the part. The scenes of him beating up the old man are without question the highlight of the picture and you have to wonder what the old man is going to do to the wife when he finds out the truth. All in all this here is a pretty funny short that manages to work on all levels and silent buffs should enjoy it.


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