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Misbehaving Husbands (December 20, 1940)

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Misbehaving Husbands
 

Released on December 20, 1940: (running time 59 minutes) The owner of a department store takes a broken mannequin to a repair shop on his 20th wedding anniversary, and his wife is convinced that he is cavorting around town with a beautiful blonde.

Produced by Jed Buell

Directed by William Beaudine

The Actors: Harry Langdon (Henry Butler), Betty Blythe (Effie Butler), Ralph Byrd (Bob Grant, law student), Esther Muir (Grace Norman), Gayne Whitman (Gilbert Wayne, divorce attorney), Florence Wright (Nan Blake), Luana Walters (Jane Forbes, Effie's niece), Frank Jaquet (Wilbur Drake, banker), Charlotte Treadway (Clara Drake), Gig Young (department store window dresser), Frank Hagney (Gooch Mulligan), Hennie Brown (Opal), Billy Mitchell (Memphis), Fred Kelsey (Sergeant Murphy), and Mary MacLaren (the gossiping friend)

 
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Henry, the Dumb Blonde Model and Divorce, American Style

In 1896 Doctor Belcher’s Kickapoo Traveling Medicine Show hired a twelve-year-old boy from Council Bluffs Idaho to help sell miracle medicine cures. The young boy worked the show as a musician and comedian, later moving to a traveling circus where he became a tumbler and trapeze artist. Then he tried his hand at comedy on the Vaudeville theater circuit and became a well-known stage comedian. Motion pictures were becoming the rage, and the young fellow tried to convince Hal Roach to hire him as an actor in short silent motion picture comedies, but Hal Roach wouldn’t pay the money that the young fellow thought he was worth.

Soon Mack Sennet, who was also producing silent comedy motion picture comedies, signed him and allowed the seasoned Vaudeville performer to create his own movie shorts. Young Harry Langdon used director Frank Capra for a few of his comedies, but their personalities were opposite, and Frank Capra soon moved on. Harry Langdon’s comedy ran to the dark side, getting laughs from the misfortunes of his character, while Frank Capra was more interested in the feel-good genre of comedy.

In this marital mix-up comedy, Harry Langdon’s character owns a department store in town, and today is his twentieth wedding anniversary. Of course, he has forgotten that it is his anniversary. His wife and a houseful of guests are waiting at home to surprise him with a gala party, he is busy working late at the store. This leads to that and Harry is picked up by the police for having a dead blonde woman in the back seat of his car, and he won’t get home until the party is over and his wife is consulting a divorce lawyer. The poor fellow has no idea what awaits him after the police let him go home. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Harry Langdon and the blonde dummy
Harry Langdon and the blonde dummy
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe, Charlotte Treadway and Frank Jaquet
Betty Blythe, Charlotte Treadway and Frank Jaquet
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe
Betty Blythe
Ralph Byrd
Ralph Byrd
Billy Mitchell
Billy Mitchell
Esther Muir
Esther Muir
Florence Wright
Florence Wright
Florence Wright and Gayne Whitman
Florence Wright and Gayne Whitman
Florence Wright
Florence Wright
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Frank Hagney
Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey
Gayne Whitman
Gayne Whitman
Gig Young and a dress model
Gig Young and a dress model
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon, Billy Mitchell and Betty Blythe
Harry Langdon, Billy Mitchell and Betty Blythe
Harry Langdon and the actor playing his lawyer
Harry Langdon and the actor playing his lawyer
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon
Hennie Brown
Hennie Brown
Hennie Brown
Hennie Brown
Luana Walters
Luana Walters
Luana Walters and Betty Blythe
Luana Walters and Betty Blythe
Luana Walters and Ralph Byrd
Luana Walters and Ralph Byrd
Luana Walters
Luana Walters
a policeman and Billy Mitchell
a policeman and Billy Mitchell
Ralph Byrd
Ralph Byrd
Ralph Byrd and Harry Langdon
Ralph Byrd and Harry Langdon
Ralph Byrd, Luana Walters and Gayne Whitman
Ralph Byrd, Luana Walters and Gayne Whitman