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Should Sailors Marry? (1925)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  8 November 1925 (USA)
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A Wrestler and his ex-Wife (Noah Young and Fay Holderness) try to con a recently-discharged Sailor (Clyde Cook) out of 4 years' pay. When they learn that he lost the money in a 'shell game'... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Clyde Cook ...
Cyril D'Armond
Fay Holderness ...
Verbena Singlefoot
Noah Young ...
Verbena's Ex-husband
Martha Sleeper ...
William Gillespie ...
Train Passenger
Helen Gilmore ...
Train Passenger


A Wrestler and his ex-Wife (Noah Young and Fay Holderness) try to con a recently-discharged Sailor (Clyde Cook) out of 4 years' pay. When they learn that he lost the money in a 'shell game', they put him to work in the hazardous job of a High Steel Worker, and insure him against accident, then try to see that he has one. Written by David C. Bohn

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8 November 1925 (USA)  »

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Mogen zeevaarders trouwen?  »

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Liked it, not married to it
28 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my first exposure to the work of the silent comedian Clyde Cook. He has a striking bony face, big expressive eyes, and some very comical nervous mannerisms, and he handles all the comedy material given to him quite capably, but he doesn't really project much of a distinctive personality. I suspect he is one of those comedians who the silent era who is largely forgotten today because he was fairly forgettable.

This short is one of many from its era at the Hal Roach Studios that title writer H. M. Walker christened with names that were interrogative sentences. It joins "Should Married Men Go Home? "Is Marriage the Bunk?" "Should Husbands Be Watched?" and others. I don;t really know why this was such a pattern.

The short itself is a bit average but still a fun watch. The strange plot, which, funny on its own, is one of its strengths, has a woman marrying Cook for the money she thinks he has so she can use it to pay alimony to her wrestler ex-husband. That's Noah Young, threatening tough guy extraordinaire, who is as good a threatening tough guy as ever here. It leads to the best sequence, where the two end up accidentally in bed together, and annoy the hell out of each other.

Many of the other gags feel rather randomly tacked on, as does the late sequence where Clyde flies from girders in very imitative Harold Lloyd style. Enough work, though, that there are no significant segments dry of laughs. Oliver Hardy, before teaming with Stan Laurel, has a role as a crooked doctor instrumental in a good black comedy gag -- that Cook's wife wants to get him killed for the insurance money. He's good in what he gets, using some of "Ollie's" later fussy mannerisms to good effect as an overly-slick con man. The magnetic Martha Sleeper has a small but memorable part as Clyde's blasé new daughter.

Overall it is not the most memorable or artful of the comedies coming out of Roach Studios at the time, but it generates enough laughs to be worth a viewing.

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