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Down with Husbands (1930)

When their wives go on strike, two husbands form an organization they call the "Husbands Protective League".


William Watson


Howard J. Green (story) (as Howard Green), Milton Hockey (story) (as Milton Hocky) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Johnny Arthur ... Henry Sweet
Bert Roach ... George Fuller
Frances Lee ... Mrs. Henry Sweet
Mabel Forrest ... Mrs. George Fuller
Frank Rice ... Archie Winnem
Alyce McCormick Alyce McCormick ... Mrs. Archie Winnem
Carol Wines Carol Wines ... Vera La Belle


When their wives go on strike, two husbands form an organization they call the "Husbands Protective League".

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husband | wife | strike | See All (3) »


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

8 March 1930 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Christie Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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"What's Paducah Coming To?"
26 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The women of Paducah are out on strike! Men are washing their own dishes! Bert Roach is taking advantage of the situation by partying with 17 young beauties and one with a slight mustache, so he and Frank Rice go over Johnny Arthur's bridal suite -- his bride walked out after the first week -- to organize.

It's an amusing set-up for this early sound short from the Christies. They were one of the four major independent producers of comedy shorts during the silent era, along with Sennett, Hal Roach and Jack White's unit at Educational Films. However, despite being well-established in the industry, the increased cost of producing sound films, as well as the shock of the downturn in the movie business that would begin the year this short came out and extend through 1933 would eventually drive thm all out of the business; only Roach would survive, albeit in altered form.

Another problem was with the lead comic here, Johnny Arthur. His screen character had always had a nance quality to it, and sound would accentuate that. Although he would continue to work in small roles, he would no longer be a draw.

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