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 ... 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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The real-life name of the turkey in the film is Genevieve. See more »
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 »
Marriage is like dandruff - it falls heavily upon your shoulders - you get a lot of free advice about it - but up to date nothing has been found to cure it.
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HOT WATER (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1924) ***
Even if here we find Harold Lloyd treading familiar waters (especially after the lengthy marathon of his films I've gone through this month) - married life going hand-in-hand with intruding relatives, his love of cars, plus a few ghost-related jokes thrown in for good measure - this proved another surprising delight for me (as it's another one of his features, albeit a mere 60 minutes in length, that's seldom mentioned): the various elements have been given enough polish and are strung together well enough as to seem fresh all over again!
Typically, the film is divided into a handful of set-pieces which are milked for all they're worth in getting consistent laughs through sight gags, inventive bits of business and Lloyd's established proficiency with the occasional stunt: it begins with Harold taking a trolley-ride home burdened with a mass of packages and even a spirited turkey won at a raffle!; the mid-section is the film's undeniable highlight as Lloyd, wife (Jobyna Ralston), mother-in-law and two disagreeable brothers-in-law go for a spin in Harold's newly-purchased car - which, largely through the pomposity and bossiness of Ralston's mother, ends up completely wrecked!; and, finally, we get an extended domestic scene in which Lloyd, still mad at the old woman, decides to put her to sleep by using chloroform but she passes out and his fears that the mother-in-law may have been done in are further exacerbated by the cries coming from inside the room where she is laid out, not to mention the wailing of a dog, which is said to forewarn an occurring death; incidentally, just the other day, this old superstition was referenced by my mother in conjunction with our little pet dog's restless howling the night before, which she said gave her the creeps!
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