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Max and His Dog (1912)

Max et son chien Dick (original title)

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When Max, a newly married man, suspects that his wife may be cheating on him, he gives his faithful dog Dick orders to keep on eye on her when he's not at home.

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When Max, a newly married man, suspects that his wife may be cheating on him, he gives his faithful dog Dick orders to keep on eye on her when he's not at home.

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One of the very best of surviving Linder
7 September 2012 | by (amsterdam via uk) – See all my reviews

A brilliant Max Linder comedy short: certainly one of his best. This one is laugh-out-loud funny all the way through, from Max's facial expressions when he must give up his girl for her other suitor -- though he's clearly getting his sweet talking just right -- as she can't decide between them, to every bit of great comedy with the dog.

***SPOILERS** Given orders to warn Max if the other suitor turns (though now the girl is Max's wife) -- to give him a call, the dog does so after checking on the elicit pair. The dog tells him all about it, to every bit of which Max reacts appropriately. He comes over and is about to strike them down, but gets hold of himself and instead leans in laconic style against the door frame waiting for them to notice him, and waves away his rival's card for a duel.

Max is oddly happy at the turn of events, looking quite gleeful to be rid of his wife. We see why in the next shot, as Max is sitting at the breakfast table with his dog on another of the chairs in a raised position that puts the dog at just the height another person would be, across the small table. Max treats the dog as if they are a couple, comfortable in each other's company, although no human would have that many sugar lumps in the coffee!

The brief moment when the dog turns a little to camera as if to acknowledge this status is a scream, the funniest moment in a little gem of a short comedy.


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