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My Wife's Family (1956)

| Comedy | 1962 (USA)
When an interfering mother-in-law discovers what she believes to be a plan to deceive her daughter, a riot ensues.

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Ronald Shiner ...
Doc Knott
Ted Ray ...
Jack Gay
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Robertson Hare ...
Noah Parker
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Arabella Parker
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Irma Parker
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When an interfering mother-in-law discovers what she believes to be a plan to deceive her daughter, a riot ensues.

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One of Shiner's Best
14 July 2017 | by (Oxford) – See all my reviews

If you're under 55 then you probably won't know this film, as the last time it was shown on TV in the UK, from my memory, and that of another of the same age, was 1969. I can't compare it with any previous versions, as the Radio Times archive doesn't record either version being broadcast, and I'm not aware of a DVD release. After Ronald Shiner's most famous films, Reluctant Heroes, and Worm's Eye View, I would say this was his next best. The film is only based on Fred Duprez play, and the script was written by director Gilbert Gunn, and Talbot Rothwell, who became a regular writer for the Carry On films.

The scene near the end, where interfering mother-in law, played by Fabia Drake, is seen sitting on top of a piano while it hurtles downhill is hilarious.

Behind the scenes footage on the British Pathe website show the cast and crew enjoying themselves, and afterwards going to a party at Shiner's pub at Blackboys, near Uckfield. Other footage can be found at the ITN archive.

The lack of a DVD release may be due to the fact that the film was shot in Eastmancolor, which loses its colour over time, turning to magenta. The most we can hope for may be a B&W copy.


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