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My Wife's Relations (1922)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  May 1922 (USA)
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By accident, Buster and an intimidating woman end up married.

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When a large Irish woman falsely accuses Buster of breaking a window he is hauled before a Polish judge who speaks no English and assumes they are there to be married. She takes her new husband home to meet her four gorilla-like brothers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Mr. Keaton Meets The In-laws
17 August 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A BUSTER KEATON Silent Short.

Married by mistake to a slovenly Irish-American termagant, poor Buster must learn to quickly cope with her cranky father & four bullying brothers.

MY WIFE'S RELATIONS is a very funny little film, placing hapless Keaton in one hilarious situation after another. His new spouse, played by Kate Price, is truly frightful. Highlight: Buster attempting to secure a decent repose on his wedding night.

Born into a family of Vaudevillian acrobats, Buster Keaton (1895-1966) mastered physical comedy at a very early age. An association with Fatty Arbuckle led to a series of highly imaginative short subjects and classic, silent feature-length films - all from 1920 to 1928. Writer, director, star & stuntman

  • Buster could do it all and his intuitive genius gave him


almost miraculous knowledge as to the intricacies of film making and of what it took to please an audience. More akin to Fairbanks than Chaplin, Buster's films were full of splendid adventure, exciting derring-do and the most dangerous physical stunts imaginable. His theme of a little man against the world, who triumphs through bravery & ingenuity, dominates his films. Through every calamity & disaster, Buster remained the Great Stone Face, a stoic survivor in a universe gone mad.

In the late 1920's Buster was betrayed by his manager/brother-in-law and his contract was sold to MGM, which proceeded to nearly destroy his career. Teamed initially with Jimmy Durante and eventually allowed small roles in mediocre comedies, Buster was for 35 years consistently given work far beneath his talent. Finally, before lung cancer took him at age 70, he had the satisfaction of knowing that his classic films were being rediscovered. Now, well past his centenary, Buster Keaton is routinely recognized & appreciated as one of cinema's true authentic geniuses. And he knew how to make people laugh...


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