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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.

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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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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 »

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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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The 3-Stooges Get a 4th
17 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was relaxed when I started watching. But ten minutes later, I was ready to throttle Mr. Rubberface and his wife Mrs. Knowitall. Oh sure, the producers made the results goofy so that they could talk about a serious subject—stress. But someone should have cautioned about the pitfall of turning misery into a comedy-short. Looks like somebody got carried away. Anyway, I guess I'm just not ready to lie on the floor, as the short advises, while the wife reads a splatter book on wife killers. But then this mess was sponsored by a division of Pfizer, (IMDB Trivia). So I guess you could say they've got an investment in stress, whatever the source. At least I now know how to pronounce the scary word "ataraxia", and that Pfizer made a fix-it pill called "Atarax". So I guess not all commercials are useless, even one like this. Now where the heck did I leave my joint!


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