Don't Play Bridge with Your Wife (1933) Poster

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6/10
Honeymoon Bridge
boblipton28 September 2012
A million years ago, when everyone spoke Pig Latin, they played bridge badly. In the days of Henry VIII they played bridge badly. And in the 1930s they played bridge, always badly and with lots of arguments. The King usually won. Even if he had to trump his partner's ace.

This is one of the best of the Mack Sennett sound films that didn't star Bing Crosby or W.C. Fields, mostly because of the gags -- there's a lovely one involving a swing. It also has more of a story than most, as Cornelius Keefe and Nora Lane get married -- and lose a lot of money playing bridge on their honeymoon. They are both pretty stiff in their performances, but the situations are funny.
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One Sequence Makes the Film
Michael_Elliott23 January 2014
Don't Play Bridge with the Wife (1933)

** (out of 4)

This Mack Sennett produced short has a good idea but sadly it's just not that funny with the exception of one great sequence. The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know with the only catch being that we get to see couples playing bridge during three different eras. We get cave people, Henry the VIII and people of the 1930's. DON'T PLAY BRIDGE WITH THE WIFE probably made bridge players in 1933 laugh but when viewed today the thing is pretty lifeless and drawn out. The first two sequences go by fairly quickly but the third just drags to the point where I think it would have been better to just have this be a one-reeler. The comedy very seldomly works and I'd say that most of the gags just fall well short of where they're aiming. The one exception is a terrific sequence where a man gets on a swing to try and sneak his woman out of a second story window. This sequence contains some very nice stunt work but it's also quite funny as he tries to get the woman and her belongings out to his car. I'd say this scene alone is worth sitting through the whole short for.
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5/10
Just not that funny
Paularoc12 June 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Except for the last gag, this short just was a bit draggy and just not that amusing. The premise is an interesting one - over the millennium couples have argued over how each other is playing a bridge hand. It's still true today. The biggest problem with this short is that the lead actors have little charm and no screen presence and what funny bits there are, are few and far between. The last scene is pretty good though. The newly married bride, after a big quarrel with her husband over, of course, a bridge game rushes home to her parents. She finds no comfort there as she finds her parents having a big argument over - you guessed it - bridge. A watchable but soon forgotten short.
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