Many Unhappy Returns (1937)

Approved   |    |  Short, Comedy

Ford Sterling is married to a very jealous wife, who has a hobby of collecting French dolls. In order to keep her appeased and unsuspecting. he buys her an expensive doll for her birthday. ... See full summary »

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Charles E. Roberts


Charles E. Roberts (story), Ewart Adamson (story)

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2 August 2018 | MartinHafer
| "Everything I say or do is misunderstood!"
During the sound era, Ford Serling made some short comedies for RKO. While he was much more famous for his work for Mack Sennett at Keystone Studios, he continued into the 1930s making comedies.

You really have to feel sorry for Henry (Sterling) in this one. Although his wife is pretty and younger, she also is insanely jealous that any man married to her would be miserable. In the course of this story, his wife makes Henry's life tough because of this jealousy! It all began with a doll....and to learn more, see this cute story yourself.

Sterling is quite good here and it's one of his better sound shorts. I think part of the reason I liked it was because Henry was 100% innocent...and yet things kept happening to him to make his life a mess. And, when you thought MAYBE he'll get out of all this okay, more terrible things kept happening. A clear and enjoyable case of schadenfreude!

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