Fun Size Review: Troubles of a Grass Widower (1908)

Pioneering comedy superstar Max Linder finds himself in a domestic pickle when his character quarrels with his wife and is forced to shift for himself when she goes home to mother.

Much of the humor is derived from the reversal of then-standard gender roles and seeing Max struggle to do the shopping, pluck a chicken and so forth. It may be short on plot but it is long on charm as Max’s smug defiance gives way to panicked tantrums. An ideal showcase for one of the world’s first film stars.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

His home in chaos, Max surrenders and begs his wife to come home.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Gingerbread Men. Quite traditional but always appealing.

Availability: Released on DVD as part of the Laugh with Max Linder set and in the Movies Begin box set.


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