Mrs. Smith is participating in a marathon bridge tournament, and Mr. Smith has become anxious and desperate as a result.


(as William Goodrich)

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Cast overview:
Al Smith
Fern Emmett ...
Al's wife, Mrs. Smith
Billy Bletcher ...
Radio announcer
Lynton Brent ...


A marathon bridge tournament, which started three months ago, is being held at the home of Mrs. Smith, one of the competitors. As it finally nears its completion, Mr. Smith is becoming increasingly desperate and agitated over the situation. When the score ends in a tie, the tournament is extended for three more months. Mr. Smith is beside himself with rage - he ejects everyone from his home, and refuses to let his wife play any further. Later on, even when she tries to turn on the radio to listen to the broadcast of the game, Mr. Smith is thrown into a frenzy, and he starts to take out his accumulated frustration on the radio. Written by Snow Leopard

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tournament | radio | bridge | tie | shovel | See All (15) »


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21 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Very Entertaining, Clever Comedy
7 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short comedy is clever and very entertaining, with enough good turns and details that it remains just as enjoyable when watching it over again. Roscoe Arbuckle (directing under the pseudonym that he used when he was blacklisted) shows a sure touch in combining some of the best silent movie techniques with some resourceful sound-oriented gags.

Al St. John stars as a husband who loses his composure over a marathon bridge tournament that involves his wife. The first part follows a crucial portion of the game, which involves Fern Emmett, as St. John's wife, and Billy Bletcher, as a radio announcer. There are some very funny moments, and Bletcher is particularly good in parodying some of the habits of sports broadcasters. But the second part of the movie, which is dominated by St. John as his character finally snaps, is even funnier.

Arbuckle certainly knew St. John well, from their family relationship and from their many movies together, and here he manages to bring out the best in him. The last few minutes of this feature might just be St. John's best comic performance, as his character is increasingly frenzied, yet with a bizarre sense of purpose. It's combined with the continued off-screen commentary by Bletcher as the announcer, and at times the two are harmonized in some very clever ways. Emmett also has some amusing reactions to St. John's antics.

Arbuckle, the writers, and the cast all deserve a lot of credit. This feature has very good pacing and timing, which were both relatively rare in the first few years of sound pictures. Arbuckle uses a lot of silent movie-style gags, making them work nicely in the sound format, and he adds a number of new ideas as well. "Bridge Wives" is a light but very funny comedy.

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