Is Matrimony a Failure? (1922)

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This farce from Paramount was loosely adapted from the play The Open Door by Oscar Blumenthal and Gustave Kadelberg. Arthur Haviland (T. Roy Barnes) and Margaret Saxby (Lila Lee) elope on the very day that her parents (Lillian Leighton and Tully Marshall) are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. All the couples at the anniversary party have had arguments, a fact which they are desperately trying to cover up. It turns out that Arthur and Margaret have been married by the deputy at the county clerk's office because the regular clerk always goes hunting in November -- and the deputy was never properly sworn in. This not only means that the newlyweds' marriage is illegal, but that the other couples at the Saxby's party -- all of whom were married in November -- might not have valid marriages, either. The men all decide to take this to heart, but come to the realization that freedom is not all it's cracked up to be. Meanwhile, a search party is sent out to bring back Arthur and Margaret before they scandalize their parents. As in all good farces, everything turns out well in the end.



clerk, elopement, lawyer, marriage, single