My Wife's Family (1932)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Also known as My Wife's Family, this British domestic comedy was based on a popular stage play by Fred Duprez and Val Valentine. Newlywed bride Peggy Gay (Muriel Angelus) misunderstands when she overhears her husband Jack (Gene Gerrard) discussing the purchase of a new piano. Thanks to Jack's curious word choices, Peggy is led to believe that her new spouse is the father of an out-of-wedlock child. The rest of the film is predicated on the naïve heroine's unwillingness (or inability) to hear the truth. The level of humor can be assessed by the fact that the hero's unbearable mother-in-law is named Arabella Nagg. My Wife's Family was remade in 1941 with Patricia Roc and John Warwick, then again in 1956 with Diane Hart and Ted Ray.

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misunderstanding, Britain, child, conversation, doctor/nurse, family, husband, in-law, jokes, marriage, mother, mother-in-law, musical-instrument, piano, wife