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  • For all those who worry that this short is too sexist, be aware that there was a similar short called I LOVE MY HUSBAND BUT to give equality to the man/woman thing.

    This is Pete Smith's Dave O'Brien at his funniest. We see him in various situations getting hot under the collar as he waits for his wife while she fusses with her hat and hair in front of a mirror; awakes in the morning with a bunch of chatter; continues gabbing over the phone while he's at the office; fights over placement of a lamp the husband wants to move in order to read comfortably; keeps him waiting while she buys a hat while he glances around and keeps having eye contact with a woman buying a corset; is chased away from his stamp collection to mow the lawn; is covered with soot when he tries to clean the fireplace at her request; and finally, sees her destroy the family car when she can't back out of the garage despite his guidance.

    It's concise, funny and very on target--and certainly something every male in the audience can appreciate even if women find it a bit overdone.
  • boblipton17 June 2020
    A Smith called Pete narrates this Dave O'Brien short about how Dave -- who also directs as David Barclay -- in which he's a man who loves his wife, but..... she can't get out of the house for primping or she gabs while he's trying to sleep, or she won't let him relax at home, or.....

    Dave's wife is played by his real-life wife, Dorothy Short. Davewas a talent for physical performance and starred in many a short or western. He does a beautiful fall backwards from a chair in this one. Later, after Pete Smith stopped making shorts, he went to work as a gag writer for Red Skelton.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Pete Smith is looking at what he would have termed the foibles of the "little woman" in 1947. The idea that Smith (and most Hollywood film comic writers) held in that year and for awhile to come was that the moment you got married the friction of personalities between husband and wife was such that marriage became irritating. Friction inevitably develops between couples (or friends for that matter), but the idea that the wife was at the basis of it dates this comic short. Still the presentation is good, so that it will produce chuckles.

    Dave Brian (who directed as well as starred in this film) is married to a woman who takes forever to perfect her appearance before she leaves the house. She will always find a curl of hair out of place, or a hat not on right. As a result Brian is driven to trying to push her out of the house (this backfires - she has to straighten herself out again), and later falls off the front porch waiting for her. Subsequently he is shown bone tired from a day at the office, but he is not allowed to relax as dinner will be served in a few minutes. He can't even lay his head back on his recliner because he'll get hair grease on a doily. Next he is trying to work on a stamp album, but the missus keeps giving him chores to do (like mowing the lawn and cleaning the soot out of the chimney). He is dragged to watching her choose a hat, only to find she can't make up her mind. Ironically he tries to look away and keeps watching an elderly lady trying to purchase a corset. Later he finds his wife annoying him by borrowing his handkerchief in a movie house, and accidentally he slaps a woman next to him (the one who was buying the corset). And finally the best sequence wherein the wife keeps injuring their car while trying to drive it out of their garage quickly.

    That the husband might make things easier for the wife is never looked at by Smith - he was trying to make capital out of the goofy behavior of the wife. It is an amusing short, but I imagine that a bunch of self-respecting women (they don't need to be feminists) would chase Smith, his writers, and O'Brien with pitchforks today for the way this one-sided comedy was made.
  • I Love My Wife But! (1946)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    Pete Smith short has Dave O'Brien playing a husband in love with his wife but she has several habits that drive him nuts. This comedy features all sorts of small jokes involving the wife including her taking too long to get ready, not letting the husband do anything, making him work instead of play and not being able to drive the car. I can just imagine seeing this in a theatre back in 1946 because I can see all the husbands on the floor having a laughing fit while the women sit there getting mad. The film is certainly sexist but it's all done in good charm. There are several funny sequences, although I wouldn't put this among the best Smith shorts out there. The driving sequence is probably the highlight of the movie.