The story of this film is particularly interesting, because our old friend Max has recently undergone a very serious operation, and this is his first reappearance. He plays this little ... See full summary »
Once more Max adopts subterfuge in order to pursue his amours, but, unfortunately, pa requests attention to his cornuted extremities. Max is forcibly ejected for his "pains," and suffers, ... See full summary »
Max Linder again to the fore as a lover who undertakes to convince Papa that Max is the son-in-law he is going to have. Of course, the girl has decided that no one will do but Max, and with... See full summary »
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Max Linder's behavior when he applied for a job as a Pathé Frères moving picture actor, was such a good joke on him that it was decided to make a film of the event, and accordingly. Max was... See full summary »
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Max, the celebrated fun maker, is shown in another of his amusing playlets. His fiancée, ere she marries him, insists that he prove himself a hero by fighting a duel. Max has difficulty in ... See full summary »
Max is a stage struck youth, and because of a deep-seated desire to go on the stage, refuses to consent to a marriage his father has planned for him. The girl, whom Max has never met, is ... See full summary »
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Max gets married, all right, but mother-in-law sticks around. She even follows her daughter, from whom she has never been separated for any length of time, to the railway station, and so anxious is Max to be rid of her that the happy couple forget to change the wedding clothes for traveling garb. Fond mother kisses her daughter good-bye with such fervor that Max, who is in the car already, goes off all by his lonesome when the train starts suddenly. He gets out at the next station, however, and "hoofs it" back. The honeymoon calls for a trip to Chamounix for a round of winter sports and good fun, but Max is forced to invite Ma to go along, too. Skating is the schedule for the first day of their stay, and big, fat mother-in-law also dons the glistening blades. Of course she falls all over herself on the ice and poor Max must cater to her and help her along. He tires of this, however, and she is left to crawl off the ice on all-fours. Sledding down the side of the mountains is next ...Written by
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Who takes their mother-in-law on their honeymoon?!
I have seen nearly all of the surviving Max Linder comedies and have enjoyed them. He was amazingly inventive and when I found one I had not seen ("Max and His Mother-in-Law") I grabbed a copy. Sadly, I was disappointed and it wasn't nearly up to the quality of his other films.
The film begins with Max getting married. In an odd twist, he takes his mother-in-law with them on their honeymoon--something that stretches credibility to the breaking point when it comes to plot! On the honeymoon in the snow-capped mountains, his chunky in-law falls down a lot in the snow and there are a few other pratfalls--but no humor. In fact, I've seen dramas that were funnier than this one. My advice is try another one of his films first--such as "Max Takes Tonics". He was a brilliant pioneer.
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