Onions were a controversial subject during the silent era, it seems. They could ruin your workday or cost you your marriage!
Elliott Dexter is an onion fiend in Don’t Change Your Husband, a fact not at all appreciated by his young wife, Gloria Swanson. (But what about all that salt? His cardiologist cannot be happy!)
Albert Austin has weaponized scallions in Behind the Screen and Charlie Chaplin is not having it!
Mabel Normand uses onions as an excuse in The Extra Girl. She’s not crying, you’re crying!
Of course, it could be worse. They could be eating carnations! (This is from The Patsy.)
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