Wife Tamers (1926)

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Lionel Barrymore's career was in a serious slump by early 1926 -- the esteemed character actor had stooped to appearing in a Hal Roach two-reel short. On the other hand, this was a big coup for the comedy studio, which bragged about its new acquisition every chance it got. As his support in this two-reeler, Barrymore had some of Roach's best talent -- Clyde Cook plays his valet and Gertrude Astor plays his wife. Barrymore has a huge argument with his wife, and to make her jealous, he asks his valet to set him up with a pretty girl who is stranded in their neighborhood (Vivian Oakland). He takes her out to dinner, but to his disgust he discovers that she lacks even one ounce of class and her table manners are frightening. Soon enough, Barrymore is reunited with his wife. Fortunately for Barrymore, he didn't stick around the Roach studios for very long -- he signed with MGM and, by the time this comedy was released, he was back to appearing in feature films.