A series of misunderstandings involving a taffy pull, a postman, a broken window, and a monolingual Polish judge leaves Buster Keaton married to Kate, a large, irate Irishwoman whose family thinks he's rich.
"My Wife's Relations" can be seen in its entirety at Youtube.
"My Wife's Relations" provides examples of:
- Accidental Marriage: The whole premise of the plot.
- Crash-Into Hello: Subverted, in that it does not result in love, though it does lead to marriage.
- Divorce in Reno: Buster boards a train for Reno, signaling his intention to get a divorce.
- Fun with Foreign Languages: Buster and Kate think they're in court because of a broken window. The judge thinks he's conducting a wedding.
- Meal Ticket: What Kate and her family think she's married.
- Mistaken Identity: Buster's wife and in-laws believe that he has inherited $100,000 on the basis of a misdirected letter.
- Oireland: Ancestral land of the wife's family.
- Punched Across the Room: The photographer is shoved across one room, then sent across a second and out the door with a kick in the ass.
- The Roaring '20s: Kate's family makes home brew, though it's unclear if they do so because of Prohibition or because they're Oirish.
- Take That!: Possibly directed at Keaton's real-life in-laws, the Talmadges.
- Team Shot: Subverted. The family poses for a group portrait, but Buster keeps getting pushed out of frame.
- Working Class People Are Morons: Buster's father-in-law reinforces his proletariat cred by looking at a small-scale reproduction of the Venus de Milo and asking, "Who broke the arms off that monument?"