No relation to American author Sidney Howard, bulbous Briton Sydney Howard was the star comedian in several cheaply made film farces of the 1930s. In Almost a Divorce, Howard over-imbibes at the wedding of his best friend Nelson Keys. Howard's besotted antics (and incessant repetition of his stage catch phrase "What's to do?") nearly ends Keys' marriage before it begins. The film was produced by Herbert Wilcox, but try getting him to admit it in later years. Almost a Divorce is worth a look for the presence of Eva Moore, the onetime mother-in-law of Laurence Olivier who was memorably cast as a retrogressive Victorianite in James Whale's The Old Dark House.
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