Two bored couples think they can find happiness if they exchange spouses for the evening.





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Complete credited cast:
Eric Dressler ...
Romney Brent ...
George Parker


Helen and Jimmy have invited Rose and George over for an evening of bridge. Before their guests' arrival, Helen and Jimmy are arguing about the sorry state of their relationship, they believing that Rose and George are the perfect couple. Helen wants Jimmy to be more like George, while Jimmy wants Helen to be more like Rose. What they are unaware of is that Rose and George too are unhappy about their relationship, which they want to be more like "perfect" Helen and Jimmy. Instead of playing bridge, Helen, in the ruse of a party game, manages to maneuver the foursome into two boy-girl couples, Helen with George, and Rose with Jimmy. The winner of this party game is the couple who is the most amused by the end of the evening. Helen and Jimmy and Rose and George will truly discover if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy





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December 1930 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone reel #1125. See more »


Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played on the piano by both husbands
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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
20 October 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Bickering and bored, young marrieds Helen (Madge Evans) and Jimmy (Eric Dressler) have invited another couple over for an evening of card-playing. Helen and Jimmy think the Parkers have a much more exciting marriage. After the guests arrive, we discover George (Romney Brent) and Rose believe their marriage is the dull one. To liven things up, the couples change partners. At first, it's exciting - but everyone learns their lesson. The mention of a wife who "makes love" to a lot of men indicates something less than physical sex. Still, we're supposed to fantasize the couples are swapping more than card partners. Since "Envy" is a comedy, the ending goes for the expected punchline. This Vitaphone comedy short is about as exciting as either of the marriages depicted.

*** Envy (12/30) Arthur Hurley ~ Madge Evans, Eric Dressler, Romney Brent

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