A lecturer on domestic difficulties, having previously discussed the subject from a woman's viewpoint, now proceeds to present the man's perspective. He emphasizes that he wishes to avoid generalizations that would apply to all women. Instead, he plans to present a series of sketches that illustrate possibly isolated examples of some of the ways that particular women have baffled or frustrated their husbands by their behavior. Written by
Don't you think he looks better in a wider brim?
Well, he has such a queerly-shaped face, it's hard to find a becoming hat for him.
When we were first married, he didn't have a chin at all. Now he has too many.
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This is an amusing follow-up to a previous Robert Benchley feature, "The Trouble With Husbands", filmed two years earlier. In the earlier feature, he played a lecturer on domestic difficulties as well as a husband whose behavior illustrated some of the common domestic faults of males. Here, the same format is used to present "The Man's Angle".
Benchley again is both the lecturer and the male half of the couple whose experiences serve as illustrations of the foibles of a 'typical' wife. Besides the sketches, there is an added gag, as the lecturer continually stresses that these female traits are merely isolated examples that he has heard of, rather than general characteristics, with this then being used in the finale.
In both of these features, the sketches satirize behavior that is entirely familiar, but the good timing makes it more amusing than it may have been on its own. And again, although in many respects the depictions border on stereotypes of the two genders, it is presented in Benchley's good-natured, low-key way, which keeps it from being harsh. It's a good job of creating humor out of situations that can cause unfortunate tensions, and out of material that can be belittling if approached in the wrong fashion.
Of the two features, no doubt many viewers will find one of them funnier than the other, but after all that's part of the point to them. And in fact, both of them poke some gentle fun at both men and women, just in differing doses each time.
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