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Wife and Auto Trouble (1916)

A mild-mannered man's problems with his domineering wife and mother-in-law lead to complications with the law.


Dell Henderson


Roy Del Ruth (scenario)

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Cast overview:
William Collier Sr. ... The Meek Husband (as William Collier)
Blanche Payson ... The Dominant Wife
Joseph Belmont Joseph Belmont ... The Wife's Brother
Alice Davenport Alice Davenport ... The Wife's Mother
Mae Busch ... The Speedy Stenographer
Fritz Schade Fritz Schade ... The Janitor
Wayland Trask Wayland Trask ... The Waiter
Edward F. Cline ... The Driver (as Eddie Cline)
Hugh Fay Hugh Fay ... The Hayseed


After being bossed around at breakfast by his wife and mother-in-law, a husband goes to his office, where he is romantically involved with his secretary. His brother-in-law tries to get him caught in the act, but his attempt backfires. Then, when a car is delivered that the man bought for his secretary, his wife sees it, and he has to pretend that he bought it for her. In the confusion that follows, the police are called in. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

5 March 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Marriage Flivver See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the street scene outside the Cafe Royale, bystanders in the background can be seen stopping to gawk at the movie being made. Most notably, while Collier's mother-in-law is being arrested, a man walks into frame behind her car, looks briefly at the camera, then kneels down in front of the car behind hers, as if to start it - then he quickly leaves the picture. In the same scene, a truck drives up in the street beyond the car, the driver realizes he's in the shot, then he backs up and hides behind the car that's directly behind Collier's car. See more »


The Wife's Mother: There go the wretches!
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Referenced in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

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Wife and Auto Trouble is another Mack Sennett short featuring a young Mae Busch
30 July 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Wife and Auto Trouble is the now old hat story of a meek man, his wife and mother-in-law, his brother-in-law, and the secretary he's having an affair with. It was a nice surprise seeing Mae Busch, long before her appearances with Laurel and Hardy, playing the secretary. Dig her jumping several feet in the air when the mother-in-law and wife appear in the office! There's also some hilarious shooting involving all the main characters there! Then there's the chase involving the Tri-Stone Cops (formerly Keystone Kops) that brings everything to an exciting climax and you have the typical Mack Sennett flourish. Another highly amusing effort worth seeing for silent movie buffs.

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