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A Wife's Life (1950)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | September 1950 (USA)
As she starts dinner after a trying day, Mrs. George T. Hardnose calls her husband to say she wants to go to a movie that night; he says, nothing doing, he's tired, he's worked hard, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Dave O'Brien (as David Barclay)

Writers:

Julian Harmon (original story and screenplay), Dave O'Brien (original story and screenplay) (as David Barclay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Dorothy Short Dorothy Short ... Mrs. George T. Hardnose - Wife (as Mrs. Dave O'Brien)
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Storyline

As she starts dinner after a trying day, Mrs. George T. Hardnose calls her husband to say she wants to go to a movie that night; he says, nothing doing, he's tired, he's worked hard, and what has she done all day. In a series of flashbacks, we see - starting with getting George out of bed and off to work, bathing an obstreperous three year old, dealing with stopped drains and a faulty defroster, doing dishes, cajoling a rich uncle, washing clothes, mopping floors, sweeping behind heavy furniture, cleaning the stove and a rug, and cooking dinner. When George asks her after dinner to let him have the paper, she lets him have it. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1950 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dorothy Short was married to Dave O'Brien (AKA David Barclay) from 1936 - 1954 and appeared with him in the notorious Reefer Madness (1936) (aka "Reefer Madness") as well as other Pete Smith shorts. See more »

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Decent Smith short
31 March 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Wife's Life, A (1950)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pete Smith short has a husband (Dave O'Brien) refusing to take his wife to the movies because he feels she doesn't do anything at home. We then see everything she actually does do including waking her lazy husband up for work, bathing their young daughter, cooking and various cleaning. This short is fairly good with a couple nice laughs but the writing isn't as good as it could have been, which leaves a lot of the jokes coming off rather bland. The highlight is the sequence where the mom leaves the daughter alone in the tub and she reaches for the soap but ends up putting too much in the tub. The scenes trying to wake the husband up were rather forced but entertaining.


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