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Max and His Mother-in-Law (1911)

Max et sa belle-mère (original title)
Max and his young bride attempt to enjoy an Alpine honeymoon, despite the presence of her mother.

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Max gets married, all right, but mother-in-law sticks around. She even follows her daughter, from whom she has never been separated for any length of time, to the railway station, and so anxious is Max to be rid of her that the happy couple forget to change the wedding clothes for traveling garb. Fond mother kisses her daughter good-bye with such fervor that Max, who is in the car already, goes off all by his lonesome when the train starts suddenly. He gets out at the next station, however, and "hoofs it" back. The honeymoon calls for a trip to Chamounix for a round of winter sports and good fun, but Max is forced to invite Ma to go along, too. Skating is the schedule for the first day of their stay, and big, fat mother-in-law also dons the glistening blades. Of course she falls all over herself on the ice and poor Max must cater to her and help her along. He tires of this, however, and she is left to crawl off the ice on all-fours. Sledding down the side of the mountains is next ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Who takes their mother-in-law on their honeymoon?!
25 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have seen nearly all of the surviving Max Linder comedies and have enjoyed them. He was amazingly inventive and when I found one I had not seen ("Max and His Mother-in-Law") I grabbed a copy. Sadly, I was disappointed and it wasn't nearly up to the quality of his other films.

The film begins with Max getting married. In an odd twist, he takes his mother-in-law with them on their honeymoon--something that stretches credibility to the breaking point when it comes to plot! On the honeymoon in the snow-capped mountains, his chunky in-law falls down a lot in the snow and there are a few other pratfalls--but no humor. In fact, I've seen dramas that were funnier than this one. My advice is try another one of his films first--such as "Max Takes Tonics". He was a brilliant pioneer.


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