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I Love My Mother-in-Law But... (1948)

A series of short vignettes illustrate the ways that a mother-in-law may irritate her son-in-law.


Dave O'Brien (as David Barclay)


Joe Ansen (original story and screenplay), Dave O'Brien (original story and screenplay) (as David Barclay)


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Cast overview:
Pete Smith ... Narrator
Dave O'Brien ... Husband


A look at mothers-in-law and the problems they cause a daughter's husband. First the annoyed one, pinch-faced, negative about everything including her son-in-law's choice of radio programs. Then, a more friendly one, who teams up with her daughter to see to it that hubby's favorite painting hangs where he doesn't want it. Third the suspicious mother-in-law who, while the husband is working late, convinces her daughter, with the drip-drip-drip of poisonous insinuation, that he's out catting. When he arrives home, nothing can convince his wife otherwise. Last is the snooper, who checks any package hubby receives and may be listening to his phone calls. Can he catch her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

7 February 1948 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fun Short from O'Brien
22 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

I Love My Mother-in-Law, But! (1948)

*** (out of 4)

A husband (Dave O'Brien) wants to like his mother-in-law but she makes that impossible as she is constantly spying on his, getting into the middle of fights with his wife and also putting false things into the wife's head. This here was the third and final part of the trilogy that also included I LOVE MY HUSBAND, BUT! and I LOVE MY WIFE, BUT. Having seen all three I can say that each of them is a winner and they prove how funny O'Brien could be not only in the acting department but also his writing. His name probably doesn't ring too many bells today but show people his shorts and I'm sure they'll enjoy them. He does a very good job here acting out all the "drama" brought on by the mother-in-law and Pete Smith does his typical good narration. All of the scenes are pretty good with one dealing with a hanging picture stealing the film. Anne O'Neal is good as the mommy-in-law.

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