A timid man goes to extreme lengths to get away from his domineering wife.


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Cast overview:
The Henpecked Husband
The Domineering Wife
The Drill Master


A timid man goes to extreme lengths to get away from his domineering wife.

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

23 March 1924 (USA)  »

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Under Orders  »

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1.33 : 1
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According to Hal Erickson, this film was shot at Buster Keaton's old studio (at 1025 Lillian Way in Hollywood) and, appropriately, featured Joe Roberts, one of Keaton's old co-star from those films. See more »

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If You Don't Want to Fight, Join the Marines
15 June 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Clyde Cook was reputedly one of the best fall takers in silent movies and he managed to parlay this into a couple of starring short comedy series, including one at Roach, and into a sound career that included a major role in John Ford's THE LOST PATROL. Yet his comedies, although competent, were so standard, that they don't survive in good shape, despite being made by Roach and, in this case, Schenck. Even this one, originally shown as a two-reeler, survives only in a one-reel cut-down and in one copy held by Ben Model.... until Ben transferred it and eight other equally rare movies to DVD as ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED.

This is another competently made movie. Clyde is married to overpowering Blanche Payson, so to escape her, he joins the Marines, where he is under the command of overpowering Joe Roberts. Along the way he performs some gag sequences very well, including the one in which he paints himself into a corner.

It's an amusing short comedy and I was interested in watching it while I was watching it. However, now that it's finished, I have no impulse to seek out other Clyde Cook comedies. You may like it much better, or one of the other shorts on ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED. It's worth a try.

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