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Don't Play Bridge with Your Wife (1933)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  13 January 1933 (USA)
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Three games of bridge over the ages are presented. Each game has two husband/wife couple playing against each other. The first two games take place during prehistoric times and with King ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Nora Lane ...
Dorothy Roberts
Cornelius Keefe ...
Edward Baker
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Stoneage Opponent's Wife / Duchess of Worcestshire / Mrs. Haley
Grady Sutton ...
Baker's Rival Suitor
Marjorie Beebe ...
Stoneage Woman / Anne Boleyn
Bud Jamison ...
Richard Cramer ...
Stoneage Bridge Player / King Henry VIII / Mr. Roberts
Ted Stroback ...
Stoneage Opponent / Duke of Worcestershire / Mr. Haley
Marvin Loback ...
Kibitzer lin Stockade
Julia Griffith ...
Mrs. Roberts


Three games of bridge over the ages are presented. Each game has two husband/wife couple playing against each other. The first two games take place during prehistoric times and with King Henry VIII respectively. Although the names, places and faces have changed, the two games are remarkably similar in tone, with the end result having a wife clobber her husband over the head because of a series a stupid plays leading to losing the game. However, by the twentieth century, when the third game is played, things, including the way bridge is played, are more refined. One couple are very much in love newlyweds Eddie Baker and Dorothy Baker née Roberts, who had to overcome many obstacles, including the disapproval of her parents, to get married. While on their honeymoon, the hotel steward sets up a spur of the moment game for them with fellow hotel guests, Mr. & Mrs. Haley. The game doesn't go nearly the way Eddie and Dorothy would like. Dorothy does not clobber Eddie over the head, but the ... Written by Huggo

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13 January 1933 (USA)  »

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One Sequence Makes the Film
23 January 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Don't Play Bridge with the Wife (1933)

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This Mack Sennett produced short has a good idea but sadly it's just not that funny with the exception of one great sequence. The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know with the only catch being that we get to see couples playing bridge during three different eras. We get cave people, Henry the VIII and people of the 1930's. DON'T PLAY BRIDGE WITH THE WIFE probably made bridge players in 1933 laugh but when viewed today the thing is pretty lifeless and drawn out. The first two sequences go by fairly quickly but the third just drags to the point where I think it would have been better to just have this be a one-reeler. The comedy very seldomly works and I'd say that most of the gags just fall well short of where they're aiming. The one exception is a terrific sequence where a man gets on a swing to try and sneak his woman out of a second story window. This sequence contains some very nice stunt work but it's also quite funny as he tries to get the woman and her belongings out to his car. I'd say this scene alone is worth sitting through the whole short for.

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