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I Love My Mother-in-Law But... (1948)

A series of short vignettes illustrate the ways that a mother-in-law may irritate her son-in-law.


(as David Barclay)


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A look at mothers-in-law and the problems they cause a daughter's husband. First the annoyed one, pinch-faced, negative about everything including her son-in-law's choice of radio programs. Then, a more friendly one, who teams up with her daughter to see to it that hubby's favorite painting hangs where he doesn't want it. Third the suspicious mother-in-law who, while the husband is working late, convinces her daughter, with the drip-drip-drip of poisonous insinuation, that he's out catting. When he arrives home, nothing can convince his wife otherwise. Last is the snooper, who checks any package hubby receives and may be listening to his phone calls. Can he catch her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short





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7 February 1948 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Not one of my favorite Pete Smith comedy shorts...
17 June 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A series of short vignettes illustrate the ways that a mother-in-law may irritate her son-in-law, with the usual pratfalls and comic errors made by lead actor Dave O'Brien with Dorothy Short as his long-suffering wife.

Anne O'Neal is the pinch-faced mother-in-law who causes all sorts of grievances with her constant interference and snooping. Dave tries to please her, but gets nowhere with her when his wife decides to take her side.

Has some funny moments, but none of this is as witty and hilarious as intended--although I do look forward to viewing these Pete Smith Specialties. You can always depend on stuntman Dave to take some real falls with his usual acrobatic timing.

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