Do You Love Your Wife? (1919)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 13 min.  |  
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Stan Laurel's first one-reel film for Hal Roach (whose production company at the time was Rolin) never does answer the question asked by its title; in fact, love doesn't seem to factor much into the equation at all. Laurel plays an apartment building janitor who causes a number of domestic spats while performing in the line of duty. In what would become a common theme in Hal Roach pictures, the angry wives give their husbands a very hard time. Although they wouldn't meet again for many years, Laurel's future wife, then known as Lois Nelson, was part of the cast. Also appearing is James Parrott, who would be on Roach's staff, either as an actor or director, for many years (he was also the brother of another, future Roach actor, Charley Chase). Laurel began performing for Hal Roach and Rolin after the producer lost his current star, the famous but highly eccentric circus clown, Toto.