A housewife tires of her husband's annoying behavior and returns to her mother. At first, the husband is quite pleased to have the house all to himself. But he quickly discovers that even ...
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While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.
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Max Linder's behavior when he applied for a job as a Pathé Frères moving picture actor, was such a good joke on him that it was decided to make a film of the event, and accordingly. Max was... See full summary »
King Edward VII of England and the President of the French Republic, Armand Fallières, envision tunnelling the English Channel; nevertheless, only a maiden voyage can determine whether this is a triumphant aspiration or an acrid nightmare.
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George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
James H. White
A housewife tires of her husband's annoying behavior and returns to her mother. At first, the husband is quite pleased to have the house all to himself. But he quickly discovers that even the most basic domestic chores can be fraught with difficulty.Written by
This is a hysterically funny film, if somewhat misandrist. Our hero is trying to read his newspaper after dinner. His wife insists that he put down the newspaper and pay attention to her. He ignores her. Finally, she angrily and violently snatches the newspaper out of his hands. Many male victims of domestic violence could readily recognize this scenario, which often escalates into her striking him. But, this is a light comedy. He demands she hand back the paper. She reluctantly does so. She starts crying and fed up with her behaviour he puts his fingers in his ears. This upsets her to the point that she leaves in a huff.
Overjoyed at his male independence, he does a little dance to celebrate it. This is one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
But his joy is short-lived. He attempts to manage the household by himself and ends up turning it into a chaotic mess. In the midst of this his wife returns accompanied by her mother.
The idea that men are helpless without women is the bit of misandry in the film. Many modern television sitcoms revisit this tiresome and bigoted theme over and over again. This alone, to me, makes the feminists' claims that women have overwhelmingly been portrayed in the mass media as the weaker gender completely without substantiation. On the contrary, it is men, who have a long way to go before shedding our stereotyped image of weakness and dependence on females.
Viewing this film, it is easy to see why Max Linder and Charlie Chaplin had mutual admiration for each other's work. Both were absolute comic geniuses.
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