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The Relaxed Wife (1957)

A short industrial film that seeks to help working men and their wives deal with life's little problems.


Virgina Bell (creator) (as Tracy Ward), Dick Brophy (creator) | 9 more credits »


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At the end of a hard day of work, a man wants to go home and relax in bed, but he can't due to all the annoying distractions around him. As his wife tries to help him relax, the more tense he becomes thinking about all those things that have made him tense throughout the day. But he sees that his wife, who has also probably had a tense day, is relaxed, and she helps him understand what is causing his tension and tricks she uses to feel more relaxed in tense situations. But these don't always work, at which time one might resort to using an ataraxic, or tranquillizer. Written by Huggo

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1957 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Princeton, New Jersey, USA

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Did You Know?


At the beginning and end of the film, it is mentioned that it is "presented by" the Roerig division of Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company. Later in the film, the definition of the Greek work "ataraxia" is given. It is no coincidence that Pfizer sold a prescription drug with the brand name Atarax (hydroxyzine). So, this "public service" film is actually a long commercial for their sedative (amoung other uses) Atarax. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: After the day's work and worries are done, what is more fun for a man than to come home to a quiet house with happy children and a loving spouse?
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Lame Educational Short
1 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Relaxed Wife, The (1957)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Ultra low-budget "educational" film about a husband who comes home to a noisy house and nothing puts his mind to rest. He's constantly worried about one thing or another so finally his lovely wife makes him get into bed and she reads him a book about stress. These type of educational films were clearly made with good intentions but I often wonder if the people making them realized how silly they were and that no one, except for a complete idiot, would take them serious and follow the advice being given. This one here has a really silly plot because the husband is such an idiot that you can't help but not take him or anything else serious. I'm going to guess he's meant to be some sort of comic relief but his eye-rolling and awful facial gestures just make you want to punch him and nothing else. The film has a few funny bits including one early on when the husband is trying to relax in his chair but the site of his pink pants were just too much. The amazing thing is that this short was made by the fine folks at Princeton and I can't help but think this thing is a part of their history that they'd like to forget.

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