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Should Sailors Marry? (1925)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 8 November 1925 (USA)
A Wrestler and his ex-Wife (Noah Young and Fay Holderness) try to con a recently-discharged Sailor (Clyde Cook) out of 4 years' pay. When they learn that he lost the money in a 'shell game'... See full summary »


James Parrott


Jess Robbins (story), H.M. Walker (titles)




Cast overview:
Clyde Cook ... Cyril D'Armond
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Verbena Singlefoot
Noah Young Noah Young ... Verbena's Ex-husband
Martha Sleeper ... Smyrna - Verbena's Daughter
Oliver Hardy ... Doctor
William Gillespie ... Train Passenger
Helen Gilmore ... Train Passenger


A Wrestler and his ex-Wife (Noah Young and Fay Holderness) try to con a recently-discharged Sailor (Clyde Cook) out of 4 years' pay. When they learn that he lost the money in a 'shell game', they put him to work in the hazardous job of a High Steel Worker, and insure him against accident, then try to see that he has one. Written by David C. Bohn

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Although modern sources add Kathleen Collins, Marjorie Whiteis, and Fay Wray to the cast, in uncredited, but otherwise undetermined roles, none of them appear in the version extant. It's possible, however, that they were in the original version, which was severely re-edited before it was eventually released, in 1925. See more »

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pretty good short featuring Clyde Cook
3 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is definitely a "lesser known" comedy short from the 1920s. The only reason I saw it was because it was on a DVD by Kino Films featuring non-Laurel and Hardy shorts featuring Ollie. They are interesting and historically important, but also generally average to below average for the style film. Compared to shorts by Chaplin, Keaton, Arbuckle and Lloyd, they are definitely a step below them in quality and humor. Also, the accompanying music was pretty poor by the standards of other silent DVDs. I ended up turning OFF the sound due to the inappropriateness of the music to set the proper mood. But, despite this, they are still worth seeing.

This was an agreeable short featuring Clyde Cook--a guy who superficially somewhat resembled Ben Turpin. It is odd, though, that this was included on this Oliver Hardy DVD considering Hardy is barely in this film at all.

Clyde is a sailor who is going to marry a woman he's corresponded with but has never met. Despite her description, she's a pretty ugly old dame and the only reason she wants to marry Clyde is so he can pay the back spousal support she owes her previous husband. Well, the first 2/3 of the film is cute, but I really liked it in the final segment where the wife and her ex- try to KILL Clyde to get the insurance money--it's really funny and is probably the best of the 8 shorts on the DVD.

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8 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le mariage de Dudule See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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