Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ...
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Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
John T. Prince
Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and ... See full summary »
Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", ... See full summary »
Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ... See full summary »
After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (... See full summary »
Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of ... See full summary »
Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him. Written by
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When the traffic cop issues Hubby Harold a ticket, in part it reads "You are hereby notified to appear at Police Headquarters within twenty-four hours of the above date....", but there is no date or time or any other handwritten data on the ticket save for the policeman's signature, nor is there any designated space to write such information. See more »
[to the motorcycle cop coming out of the pond]
Hey, don't you know swimming ain't allowed in there?
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Hot Water has got to be one of the weakest Harold Lloyd comedies I've seen. It's one of his earliest (or even first I'm not sure) feature length films, running at around one hour. Under normal circumstances it's perhaps understandable that someone used to filming in a two-reel format might struggle to come up with consistently funny material over a period three times as long, but the thing is that Lloyd was nervous about making features even though he knew he had to if he was to keep pace with Chaplin and Keaton. So he sensibly decided to string three 20-minute vignettes together so that, if they failed as a feature, each could be released individually. Which means what we actually have here, I suppose, are not one but three of Lloyd's weakest pictures in one.
The three segments of the film are easy to identify. The first sees newly-married Harold picking up a list of shopping on his way home from work, and also becoming the 'lucky' winner of a live turkey which he struggles to carry home. The middle section has Harold and his wife enjoying a ride in their new car with his mother-in-law and a couple of other family members. This section is by far the strongest of the three, and does manage to raise some laughs. In the third segment, Harold, on the advice of a neighbour, downs a bottle of Dutch courage to give him the nerve to tell his wife that her mother must stop coming around so often. He bottles it when he hears the mother explaining to her daughter how she would make her divorce him immediately if she ever caught him drunk. Through a tortuous (but quite clever) sequence of events, Harold mistakenly believes he has killed his mother-in-law and believes he is the subject of a police hunt. This third section is almost excruciatingly laboured when compared to Lloyd's usual standards, with barely a laugh throughout its 20-minute running time.
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