Cleaning Time (1915)

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Throughout his career, Oliver Hardy's film characters would be hounded by domineering wives. This split-reel Lubin comedy is an example of what audiences would later see in abundance after Hardy teamed up with Stan Laurel. As in the Laurel and Hardy films, Hardy's character, John Heringbone, believes that he is the king of his domain. It is he who has taught his wife (Eva Bell) to be strong. In fact, Mrs. Heringbone is so strong that she has decided that her husband is the one who should clean the house. John, however, is completely inept when it comes to housework. He breaks the dishes and ruins the laundry, resulting in severe punishment from the missus. Finally, he is ordered to water the lawn, but he can't even do that properly -- because he has his eye on a pretty passerby, he winds up drenching the neighbors and getting into more trouble.