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Hot Water (1924)

Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ... See full summary »

Directors:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer), Sam Taylor

Writers:

Sam Taylor (story and titles), John Grey (story and titles) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Hubby Harold
Jobyna Ralston ... Wifey
Josephine Crowell ... Wifey's Mother - Mrs. Winnifred Ward Stokes
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson ... Wifey's Big Brother - Charley Stokes
Mickey McBan Mickey McBan ... Wifey's Little Brother - Bobby Stokes
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Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Hubby - a man who was never going to fall for a pair of soft-boiled eyes! (Lobby card).

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

26 October 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hubby See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Movie making magic: a stand-in was used for the closeup shot of Lloyd's hands when he gets tangled in the curtain rings. Lloyd lost the thumb and index finger on his right hand in 1919 from an exploding prop accident. See more »

Goofs

When Harold takes off the chloroform bottle from the kid its label has the inscription "Alcohol 2%". Later when he gives a dose to mother the label has no longer the same inscription See more »

Quotes

Hubby: [thinking he overdosed his mother-in-law on chloroform] Mother, please don't die! Don't-don't make me a murderer!
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Alternate Versions

A long sequence was shot for the film in which Harold attempts to kill the Thanksgiving turkey he has brought home. He talks to it, puts a little blindfold over it's eyes, and places some feed on the chopping block, on a piece of newspaper featuring a photograph of his malevolent mother in law, played by Josephine Crowell. The bird starts eating it, and it appears as though he is pecking at the mother. Harold, seeing this, thows his arms up in the air and exclaims "You're my pal!" The scene was cut after negative preview audiences' reactions to it. See more »

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One of Harold Lloyd's Finest
1 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Most of his films find Harold Lloyd struggling for success against impossible odds in order to make good and win the girl. HOT WATER is atypical, for here we find that Lloyd has already made good and won the girl--but now he has to put up with his in-laws, and his wife's family is enough to daunt the bravest man: a nasty baby brother, a free-loading older brother, and a battle-ax mother who has "a natural gift for destruction." This short film--which finds Lloyd dismayed when he wins a live turkey at a raffle, the victim of some truly savage back-seat-driving, and then convinced that he has accidentally killed his hateful mother-in-law--abounds with one sight gag after another, and easily equals any of the longer and better known films Lloyd made later in his career.

With his signature straw hat, round glasses, and innocent enthusiasm, Lloyd personifies the go-getter spirit of the 1920s, and he is generally regarded as one of the three great male silent comics; sadly, however, his films have been somewhat neglected over the years and seldom receive the attention showered on the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. If you've never been exposed to Lloyd beyond his famous SAFETY LAST, you'll find HOT WATER an excellent place to begin--a film sure to make you want to see more and more.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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