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Release Date:
26 October 1924 (USA) See more »
Hubby - a man who was never going to fall for a pair of soft-boiled eyes! (Lobby card).
Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harold Lloyd ... Hubby

Jobyna Ralston ... Wifey

Josephine Crowell ... Her Mother
Charles Stevenson ... Her Big Brother
Mickey McBan ... Her Little Brother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy De Villa ... Glen Reed (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)

Pat Harmon ... Bus Straphanger in Spider Gag (uncredited)
Fred Holmes ... Man (uncredited)
Billy Rinaldi ... Brunette Boy on Trolley (uncredited)
George Warde ... Blonde Boy on Trolley (uncredited)
S.D. Wilcox ... Gene Kornman (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Newmeyer  (as Fred Newmeyer)
Sam Taylor 
Writing credits
Sam Taylor (story and titles) &
John Grey (story and titles) &
Tim Whelan (story and titles) &
Thomas J. Gray (story and titles) (as Thos. J. Gray)

Produced by
Kevin Brownlow .... producer (1992 alternate version)
David Gill .... producer (1992 alternate version)
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes .... executive producer (2002 Restored Edition) (as Suzanne Lloyd)
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes .... executive producer: The Harold Lloyd Trust (1992 alternate version)
Peter Langs .... associate producer: The Harold Lloyd Trust (1992 alternate version)
Patrick Stanbury .... associate producer (1992 alternate version)
Jeffrey Vance .... producer (2002 restored edition)
Harold Lloyd .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2002)
Adrian Johnston (1992 alternate version)
Cinematography by
Walter Lundin (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor)
Art Direction by
Liell K. Vedder 
Production Management
John L. Murphy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry N. Kohler .... photography assistant
Editorial Department
Nick Adams .... telecine engineer (1992 alternate version)
Bruno Mansi .... editor: video tape (1992 alternate version)
Music Department
Michael Bland .... conductor (1992 alternate version)
Michael Bland .... orchestrator (1992 alternate version)
Richard Bradford .... music recordist (1992 alternate version)
Mike Fairbairn .... music dubber (1992 alternate version)
Sarah Homer .... musician: clarinet & saxophone (1992 alternate version)
Robert Israel .... music arranger (2002 restored edition)
Adrian Johnston .... musician: ukelele & organ (1992 alternate version)
Malcolm Pritchard .... musician: piano (1992 alternate version)
Sonia Slany .... musician: violin (1992 alternate version)
Ashley Slater .... musician: trombone (1992 alternate version)
Accy Yeats .... musician: drums (1992 alternate version)
Other crew
Tom Eckersley .... logo designer (1992 alternate version)
William R. Fraser .... general manager: Harold Lloyd Corporation
William MacDonald .... technical director
Penelope Read .... production assistant (1992 alternate version)
Thomas R. Sheppard .... trustee: The Harold Lloyd Trust (1992 alternate version)
Lynne Wake .... production secretary (1992 alternate version)
King Vedder .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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59 min (22.3 fps) | USA:60 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

"Butterfly Six" is a fictional model name for the car.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Hubby: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.See more »
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Henpecked And Hard Up, 29 September 2016
Author: Bill Slocum ( from Greenwich, CT United States

"Hot Water" sets up new husband Harold Lloyd with an overbearing mother- in-law, two troublesome brothers-in-law, a struggling turkey, and a new car he can't drive. Sound promising? Not without the usual Lloyd magic, strangely missing here.

"Married life is like dandruff," the opening title card explains. "It falls heavily upon your shoulders."

With luminous Jobyna Ralston in the second-billed role of the wife, this might seem an unlikely sentiment. "Hot Water" sells it with Josephine Crowell in what amounts to the real lead female role, that of mother-in- law, in her case a scowling crone who can't wait to complain whenever Harold's character upsets her. In this film, it happens a lot.

Lloyd films are normally so fluid and clever; "Hot Water" is gaggy and contrived. Following some business setting up Harold and Jobyna's characters (never named), the film proper begins with Harold out shopping. He finds himself the surprise winner of a turkey. Getting the turkey home via streetcar becomes Harold's first husbandly mission.

The other passengers are no help. "Why don't you leave your pets at home?" huffs one matronly woman, in a tone-setting moment. Harold will spend the rest of the movie annoying elderly women, in particular the one played by Crowell.

I wish I could report it's worth the effort. "Hot Water" moves in fits and starts, setting up disconnected situations for cheap laughs. Harold takes his extended family on a car ride, only to get in a crash. Harold drinks a little to settle his nerves, only to embarrass himself at the dinner table. Harold thinks he's killed Mother, and so finds himself in fear of the law.

If Crowell's character had been made more menacing, or amusing, "Hot Water" could have worked in a second-rate way. Yes, she's overbearing, and prone to judgment, but the menace of her character is never clear. In the car, for example, Harold is the one whose dangerous driving winds up running a policeman into a pond. Mother is more victim than instigator.

Later on, we learn Mother is a leading champion of Prohibition, something which comes up just after Harold is induced to have a nip of the hard stuff by a neighbor. She also sleep-walks, and Harold has a bottle of chloroform. Can you see where this is going?

"Hot Water" isn't completely predictable. I wasn't expecting some of the minor callbacks. The one with the turkey was kind of fun. There are some fancy stunts with the car, too. But the finale is labored and hokey, with people running around with sheets over their heads fooling others to mistake them as ghosts. There's Harold with his hair standing on end, and a scene of a "ghost" creeping into a closet where someone is hiding, both items recycled from the earlier Lloyd short "Haunted Spooks." "Spooks" has pace, too, something "Hot Water" desperately lacks.

Mostly, though, "Hot Water" is the sort of film that feels like it was done before, even back in 1924. Lloyd and his directors, Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer, seem content to run this one though the usual paces and save their creative energies for later. Too bad.

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