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Wife and Auto Trouble (1916)

A mild-mannered man's problems with his domineering wife and mother-in-law lead to complications with the law.




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Cast overview:
... The Meek Husband (as William Collier)
... The Dominant Wife
Joseph Belmont ... The Wife's Brother
Alice Davenport ... The Wife's Mother
... The Speedy Stenographer
Fritz Schade ... The Janitor
Wayland Trask ... The Waiter
Edward F. Cline ... The Driver (as Eddie Cline)
Hugh Fay ... The Hayseed


After being bossed around at breakfast by his wife and mother-in-law, a husband goes to his office, where he is romantically involved with his secretary. His brother-in-law tries to get him caught in the act, but his attempt backfires. Then, when a car is delivered that the man bought for his secretary, his wife sees it, and he has to pretend that he bought it for her. In the confusion that follows, the police are called in. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

5 March 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

His Marriage Flivver  »

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Did You Know?


During the street scene outside the Cafe Royale, bystanders in the background can be seen stopping to gawk at the movie being made. Most notably, while Collier's mother-in-law is being arrested, a man walks into frame behind her car, looks briefly at the camera, then kneels down in front of the car behind hers, as if to start it - then he quickly leaves the picture. In the same scene, a truck drives up in the street beyond the car, the driver realizes he's in the shot, then he backs up and hides behind the car that's directly behind Collier's car. See more »


The Wife's Mother: There go the wretches!
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Referenced in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

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Lively, Detailed Comedy
24 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The free-wheeling Mack Sennett/Keystone style works well in this lively, detailed comedy. The story elements are familiar ones, but they are used in amusing ways that get good mileage out of the material. The cast and characters avoid trying to be too fancy, letting the comedy ideas do the work.

The setup is one of the silent comedy standbys, with a husband put-upon at home by his wife, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law, and seeking romantic comfort with his secretary (who is played by Mae Busch, in one of her earlier roles). The various entanglements and disputes that arise are filmed in a spirited style, with several of Keystone's familiar comic policemen getting in on the fun during the manic closing sequence.

In a movie like this, the less controlled approach leads to good results. The director and cast seem to have a good feel for how things should go, giving it an upbeat tone and a good pace. It's also worth watching for some of the details, since there are a number of clever ones thrown in. Although there's little here that you couldn't see in numerous other comedies of the era, it's put together in a good style that makes for an amusing short feature.

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