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Film / My Wife's Relations

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"He won't last a week in this family."

"Papa! Shut your eyes and see what I married!"
Kate, introducing her husband

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.

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"My Wife's Relations" provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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?"


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