Should Second Husbands Come First? (1927)

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This is an especially amusing Max Davidson two-reeler. He plays Ethan Wattles, who is courting a chubby widow (Lillian Elliott). But her two sons have their doubts about him, even before they meet him -- "Wattles!" says one. "He sounds like a turkey!" They're even more dismayed when they see him, grumbling, "He looks like an Airedale" (which, considering Davidson's mass of graying hair and scruffy beard, is not an inaccurate assessment). So the boys do everything they can to put a quick end to the relationship, first by convincing Wattles that insanity runs in the family -- and trying to prove it by their odd behavior -- and then by claiming that their mother poisoned their father's pea soup. But nothing works and the middle-aged couple prepare for their wedding. In a last ditch attempt, the boys disguise themselves as a betrayed woman and angry father and interrupt the wedding. But the older boy's mustache falls off and the younger boy -- who is playing the wronged girl -- accidentally exposes the baby's bottom, showing one and all that it's an African-American child. The wedding gifts -- which were hastily snatched back in the fracas -- are returned to the table and the wedding goes on.