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On demande un gendre à l'essai

Weitere Titel: Schwiegersohn auf Probe verlangt (D, Ö)/ Wanted a son-in-law (UK)/ Wanted, a Son-in-law on Trial (USA) - Länge: 175m - s/w - Interpret: Max Linder - Produktion: Pathé Frères - Katalog-Nr.: 2275/Aug.08 - Auff.: 4. Juli 1908 (Saint-Quentin/ Omnia Cinématographe Pathé) — Weitere Auff.: 8.9.08 (Lübeck/ Tonhalle); 13.9.08 (Graz/Grazer Bioskop)


This is one of the cleanest cut farce-comedy pictures the Pathe people have presented in some time, and it is acted in the finest possible style. A young man answers the advertisement of a robust woman who wants to marry her pretty daughter off to a man she can keep under her thumb. She tests the applicant by putting an apron on him and setting him to doing the house work. He struggles through the menial tasks, and is accepted by mother and daughter as a model of docility. But the morning after the wedding it is different. The son-in-law smilingly escorts the old lady to the kitchen, where his manner suddenly changes to that of a raging lion, and he sets her to performing the very tasks she had exacted of him a few days before. (New York Dramatic Mirror, Aug. 8, 1908)


Un jeune homme lit dans un journal une annonce dans laquelle une dame désire marier sa fille avec un homme qui satisfera tous ses désirs. Il a la vision d’une grande fortune et décide d’accéder à tous les desiderata de cette future belle-mère. Il achète d’abord un beau bouquet de fleurs et va vers son destin. Il est gracieusement accueilli par la mère et la fille. La vieille dame commence immé­diatement à tester son futur beau-fils. Elle lui donne un tablier et l’emmène à la cuisine où il est invité à nettoyer marmites et casseroles. Puis elle le conduit dans le hall et l’oblige à prendre le tapis et à le secouer ce qu’il fait si vigoureusement que bientôt la vieille dame est suffoquée par la poussière. Puis, dans la salle de séjour et, avec un accompagnement au piano, il est obligé de frotter et polir le plancher sous la direction de la maman. Cette dernière, satisfaite de ces divers essais, décide de donner son consentement au mariage de sa fille. Le mariage a lieu et la belle-maman est la plus heureuse de tous car à la fin, elle a trouvé un gendre selon son goût. Mais lorsque la lune de miel est terminée et que l’on s’achemine vers une vie matrimoniale tranquille, les choses changent. Le jeune homme qui est devenu le chef de famille décide de le prouver. Il conduit donc très gentiment sa belle-mère à la cuisine et là, elle est obligée de laver la vaisselle et de tout bien nettoyer pendant que le gendre se pavane comme un monarque et se réjouit de voir la belle-mère prise à son propre piège. (Henri Bousquet, Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, Bures-sur-Yvette, Editions Henri Bousquet, 1994-2004)


Szenenfoto 'Gendre a l'essai'




Anmerkung: Linders Beteiligung wird erwähnt in L'ACTION PYRÉNÉENNE, 21.11.1909: "le grand succès de fou-rire: On demande un gendre à l'essai, joué par le désopilant comique Max-Linder". In der Anzeige in JORNAL DO BRASIL, 1.9.1908 heißt es: "PRECISA-SE DE UM GENRO - EXTRA-COMICO Nos nossos tempos modernos de feminismo em que o sexo frico torna-se forte e comparece ante os tribunaes como advogado, faz conferencias e toma parte nas lutas politicas, uma mae previdente deve estudar no futuro genro as qualidades caseiras mais indispensaveis. Por isso Madame Solidá procurando ideal para sua filha manda inserir nos periodicos o seguinte annuncio: “Precisa-se de um genro. Ensaia-se antes. Apresente-se á rua Corre Depressa n. 3.” Nosso inimitavel Max apresenta-se como pretendente e vésse constrangido para agradar á sogra a. limpar as panellas, bater tapetes, fazer camas... e envernizar o assoalho ao som de conhecida e chorosa polka. Todos acompanham os maviosos sons e … Madame Solidá acceita jubilosa este pretendente ideal. Casa a filha. No dia seguinte, amarga desillusão... A previdente sogra vé-se obrigada a fazer o servico que impuzern ao genro... Cousas da vida..." ― [Note: Linder's participation is mentioned in L'ACTION PYRÉNÉENNE, Nov. 21, 1909: "the great success of mad laughter: On demande un gendre à l'essai, played by the hilarious comic Max-Linder". The ad. in JORNAL DO BRASIL, Sep. 1, 1908 reads: "NEEDED IS A SON-IN-LAW - EXTRA-COMICAL In our modern times of feminism in which gender friction becomes stronger and appears before the tribunals as an advocate, makes lectures and takes part in political struggles, a farsighted mother should study the future son in law's most indispensable homemade qualities. So Madame Solidary in search of the ideal for her daughter, sends an advert in periodicals of following announcement: “Needed is a son in law. tested before. Introduce yourself to the street Run Quickly No.3.” Our inimitable Max shows up as a suitor and finds himself compelled to please the mother in law's will, cleaning pans, beating rugs, making beds ... and varnishing the floor to the sound of known and tearful polka. All accompanying tender sounds and ... Madame Solidary joyfully accepts this ideal suitor. Wedding daughter. The next day, bitter disappointment ... The farsighted mother in law sees herself obliged to do the service that she had imposed on the son in law... Things of life ..."]

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A young man reads an advertisement in a newspaper, stating that a wealthy woman desires to marry her daughter to a man who is willing to prove himself worthy of such a match by showing respect for the girl's mother and complying with her wishes in every particular. He sees visions of a large fortune, so starts out to win the fair maiden, undaunted by the thoughts of an exacting mother-in-law. Stopping at a flower stand, he purchases a beautiful bouquet, and saunters off to meet his fate. Arriving at the home of the girl, he is shown in and received very graciously by mother and daughter. He presents the young lady with his token of affection, and then the old woman proceeds at once to test his qualifications for the position of son-in-law. She gives him an apron and leads him into the kitchen, where he is made to scour the kettles and pans. Next they take him to the hall and compel him to take up the rug and shake it, which he does so vigorously that the old woman is nearly smothered with the dust. He is then shown into the parlor, and, to the accompaniment of the piano played by the girl, he is compelled to sweep and polish the floor under the direction of the old woman. The latter, satisfied with the test, and finding the young man all that she desires, decides to give her consent to the marriage. The next scene shows the happy couple and their guests at the wedding breakfast, and the mother seems the happiest of the group, for she has at last found a son-in-law worthy of her daughter. When the honeymoon is over, however, and they are settled down to quiet married life, things take on a different aspect, for the young man, as head of the house, decides to assert himself. We see him lead the old woman very gently into the kitchen, where she is made to wash the dishes and clean up generally, while he struts around like a mighty monarch, and enjoys seeing her taking a dose of her own medicine. (Views and Films Index; Moving Picture World, Aug. 1, 1908)