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Lonely Wives (1931)

A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.

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Richard 'Dickie' Smith / Felix, the Great Zero
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Madeline Smith
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Diane O'Dare
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Kitty 'Minty' Minter
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Andrews, the Butler
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A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.

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22 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Esposas solitarias  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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All 3 actresses lived to be 91 See more »

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Richard 'Dickie' Smith: [pouring brandy into glass] You're quite sure that this is fit for a lady?
Andrews, the Butler: That will fit anybody, sir.
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Lots of laughs
6 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is based on the 1922 play, renamed "Who's Who" - a better title than "Lonely Wives" - that starred Charles Ruggles. While Ruggles would have been perfection as Smith/Zero, this film version is hilarious, due primarily to the inventive comedic performance of Horton. Also superb are the butler - a tippler who thinks he's going crazy - and Horton's guard dog mother-in-law. It's a pleasure to watch the adorable Ralston, La Plante, and Miller - 3 femme stars from the silent era who have featured roles - contribute so deftly to the merriment. As the plot thickens, the tempo speeds up so that the second half is a whirl of exits, entrances and misunderstandings. Surprisingly, but believably, all wrongs are righted in the end.

Even though this film from the Mill Creek comedy collection was a poor visual and audio transfer from a TV showing, it's amazing just how good this comedy is and how much I enjoyed it.


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