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Fifty Million Husbands (1930)

An estranged couple visit their old apartment, which is now occupied by Charley and his wife. Charley's wife, however, misunderstands the purpose of their visit.




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Cast overview:
Charley Chase
Pansy Chase
Mazie Sandford
Tiny Sandford ...
Hillary Sandford (as Stanley J. Sanford)
Officer Kennedy


Charley's in his dressing gown reading a book while his wife visits her ill mother. A stranger knocks, saying he and his estranged wife lived in the flat and could he take a last look around. The visitor weeps for his lost love, moves furniture, and disturbs Charley's reading. While the man is upstairs putting Charley's wife's lingerie in a better place, the wife of the visitor intrudes. She also wants her own last look (her divorce attorney is in the building). Jealousies, a misunderstanding with Charley's wife, gunshots, a confused policeman, and worried neighbors add to the chaos. Will suspicion end Charley's own marriage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

24 May 1930 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
Music by Joseph Meyer
Played during the opening credits
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Chase in Top Form
20 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fifty Million Husbands (1930)

*** (out of 4)

Hilarious short has Charley Chase enjoying a quiet evening at home since his wife is away until there's a knock on the door. The previous tenant informs Chase that his wife has left him so he'd like to look around the place one final time. Soon the man starts moving the furniture around and things turn worse when his wife shows up for one final look. This Hal Roach produced short is certainly a good one to show people if they're unfamiliar with Chase's sound films. His work with Roach, MGM and Columbia resulted in highly mixed films but this one here is certainly a good one. I think what makes this one work so well is that Chase allows a lot of it to play out like a silent. The majority of the laughs from him come from his reactions to what the ex-tenants are doing. Whenever the husband starts crying it's not the tears that are funny but instead it's what Chase's reaction is that's funny. Chase's facial gestures are priceless and the way he's constantly looking at the camera gets some very big laughs. The maniac pacing by the director keeps everything going at a quick pace, which pays off as well. The non-stop laughs makes this one of the best Chase shorts out there and we also get strong supporting work from Edward Dillon, Charlie Hall, Edgar Kennedy and Ruth Hiatt. Tiny Sandford is hilarious as the husband.

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