Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ...
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Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him.Written by
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A cyclonic comedy of newlyweds and meddling relatives! See the confirmed bachelor getting his when he double-crosses the brotherhood of fancy-frees and falls for a pair of soft boiled eyes! (Print Ad-Provo Daily Herald, ((Provo, Utah)) 18 February 1925) See more »
According to a contemporary news article, the dog appearing in the film was named Jack. He was a deaf, cross-eyed stray that was rescued by a property person while this film was being made. Jack was nicknamed the Ben Turpin of dogdom. See more »
We see the turkey in Harold's arms on the trolley... he has a ribbon around his neck that is loose and untied. The turkey gets away and is next seen emerging from under a ladies dress... while there he has managed to tie the ribbon into an attractive bow . See more »
[gets hit with a spit wad]
Bobby's here, isn't he?
[sees smoke coming from his chair]
And Charley's here too, isn't he?
[sees his pipe in the trash]
And Mother is here too, isn't she?
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Original version of the film contained a scene where the Hubby sets down a bunch of packages, including a live turkey, on a mailbox while he ties his shoe. A post man comes by and loads everything into his truck. He is gone when Harold looks up from his shoe, and finds everything missing. It seems like a funny gag, but it had no effect on test audiences, so it hit the bin. See more »
This Harold Lloyd comedy is fun and resourceful, squeezing a surprising amount of material out of a couple of simple ideas. The situations are simple and the plot is nearly non-existent, but the characters are entertaining and there are lots of props and gag ideas that are used creatively, with everything helped along by Lloyd's energy and expert timing.
The story is essentially three different loosely-connected sequences. Harold goes on a shopping trip and has all kinds of difficulty on a streetcar, then he takes his in-laws on a tumultuous ride in his new car, and then he faces some unsettling domestic disturbances. Each sequence has a slightly different feel, and uses Lloyd's character in somewhat different ways, giving him a chance to perform a number of different comedy ideas.
Josephine Crowell as the mother-in-law makes a good antagonist, and Charles Stevenson strikes the right note as the oafish brother-in-law. Jobyna Ralston doesn't get the chance to do a lot of comedy, but she is engaging as always.
It's good comedy, and it builds things up fairly well. There are many details that are used once for their own sake, and that then return in the frenzied climactic sequence, and some of the ideas are pretty clever. It's often deliberately far-fetched, and in a manner that comes off rather well.
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