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Movie review – Lonely Wives (1931)

This pre-code film had me LOL over their risqué behavior and lame double standards!! It was still a very enjoyable and unbelievable film!!

Edward Everett Horton plays Richard “Dickie” Smith, a respectable defense lawyer, who turns into a Don Juan, when the clock strikes 8 o’clock, in this Pre Code comedy.

To fool his mother-in-law Mrs. Mantel, (Maude Eburne), he hires famous vaudeville impersonator Felix, the Great Zero, (also played by Edward Everett Horton, in a double role), to stay at the house.

While he goes out on the town, with his new, sultry secretary Kitty “Minty” Minter Patsy Ruth Miller, and, his new client, Diane O’Dare Laura La Plante, who wishes to divorce her husband for neglect. She is unaware that her husband, who is Felix, the Great Zero.

When Madeline Smith, Richard’s wife (Esther Ralston), returns early from her trip, Felix knows that the jig is up; or, is it.

It’s a question of who’s fooling who. Zero, angry at being played for a patsy by Smith, arranges for the maid to make a pass at Smith, who thinks Zero is Smith himself. After a series of events, Smith ends up chasing Zero with a loaded gun.

Meanwhile, Andrews, the Butler, (Spencer Charters), thinks he must have the DT’s, seeing double of everyone.

They know they’ll reform their ways, if any of them survive the night.

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