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Troubles of a Grass Widower (1908)

Vive la vie de garçon (original title)
A housewife tires of her husband's annoying behavior and returns to her mother. At first, the husband is quite pleased to have the house all to himself. But he quickly discovers that even ... See full summary »

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A housewife tires of her husband's annoying behavior and returns to her mother. At first, the husband is quite pleased to have the house all to himself. But he quickly discovers that even the most basic domestic chores can be fraught with difficulty. Written by Snow Leopard

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spot the influences on the 1920s comics
23 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Here we have a short piece in which Max Linder's character struggles to cope in the house after his wife flounces off back to mother.

These days we've seen the situations many times but they still have charm and are still funny: the attempt to cook a chicken supper echoes the scene ninety years later in 'Withnail and I'. You can see the influence Linder had on Chaplin, with some of the same mannerisms and a superficial physical resemblance. The scene where he comes back from shopping and drops the parcels prefigures Harold Lloyd's attempts to do the same in 'Hot Water'. There are other scenes here which raise a chuckle, too.

I particularly like the bit when the wife comes back to a chaotic, wrecked house with her mother in tow, proving that only she can keep domestic arrangements in check!


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