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Lonely Wives (1931)

 -  Comedy  -  22 February 1931 (USA)
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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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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
Maude Eburne ...
Mrs. Mantel
Maurice Black ...
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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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Madeline Smith: And Dickie, I bought a new lace nightie yesterday that's positively indecent. Wait till you see it!
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Baby Feet
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Sung by Maude Eburne
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All in all, give me the Mexican Spitfire!
20 March 2004 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

This obviously pre-code sex farce provides the occasional laugh, but for the most part I find much of the humour laboured. The plot of mistaken identities brings to mind the kind of mix-ups the Mexican Spitfire series would perpetuate for RKO a decade later (without the sexual innuendo), and I couldn't help but think that Leon Errol would have made a far more amusing job of the dual role of Richard and Felix than Edward Everett Horton does here. While some of the stuff involving the butler's confusion is funny, I can't help but think that maybe Spencer Charters does, or has been asked to, overplay it just a tad too much. Unfortunately I found Laura La Plante neither appealing nor amusing in her role of Diane O'Dare, and Patsy Ruth Miller is only OK in her role as Minty. This leaves the most memorable character as Maude Eburn's surreal mother-in-law. Definitely overplayed as far as you could, but Maude Eburn somehow gets away with it.


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