So frequently getting married onscreen… or at least trying to (perhaps because he looked so natural in a tuxedo), Max has just successfully tied-the-knot when this vintage two-reeler begins. Tragically, it is just then when he gets a telegram informing him that he'll inherit a million dollars from a late relative so long as he stays a bachelor. The notion of getting un-hitched in order to claim that cash does not please his new bride (Martha Mansfield). Once she stops throwing things, however, she comes to her senses. This short was the American debut for its writer/director/star, a Frenchman whose screen comedies had gained him a huge following since 1905. Its funny, cynical view of the battle-of-the-sexes was unfortunately also close to his last movie for some time. Called up to fight in World War I, he suffered major internal damage from gas poisoning on the battlefield and never fully recovered (though he did briefly attempt to resume his U.S. career). Also meeting a sad fate was beauteous New York stage actress Mansfield, best remembered now for starring opposite John Barrymore in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. Three years later, well en route to stardom, her costume accidentally caught fire on a film set, the severe burns taking her life. - Dennis Harvey
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