Quiz about My Wifes Relations
Quiz about My Wifes Relations

My Wife's Relations Trivia Quiz


This 1922 Keaton classic features Kate Price as Buster's wife. Keaton wrote and directed, as well as starred in, this not-too-subtle dig at his own pushy Talmadge in-laws.

A multiple-choice quiz by ubermom. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
ubermom
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,704
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
150
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1. The film opens showing Buster going about his business. What's he doing? Hint

He's pulling taffy in a candy store.
He's selling tintypes on the street.
He has no job; he's looking for work.
He's arranging his wares in a hat shop.

2. After Buster is introduced, we cut to a couple making a phone call. They want to find a judge who can perform their marriage ceremony right away -- in Polish. The judge assures them that Polish is the only language he speaks. But before the couple can get there, Buster and Kat (Kate Price) end up standing before the judge. Why? Hint

Buster thought Kat had stolen from him.
Buster and Kat were witnesses to a robbery.
Kat thought Buster had stolen from her.
Kat thought Buster had broken a window.

3. In a comedy of miscommunication, Buster and Kat end up married. A horror-struck Buster gets dragged home by an irate Kat. Her four burly brothers and their father pick Buster up for a head-to-toe inspection, find him sorely lacking, and unceremoniously drop him on the floor before sitting down for dinner. Buster needs to use all his wits to get any food. What does he do? Hint

He takes a forkful of food off each plate as he's enlisted to pass it down the table.
He hides under the table and steals scraps as they're offered to the dog.
He repeatedly distracts his new in-laws and snatches food when they're not looking.
He switches the calendar to Friday so his Catholic in-laws won't eat their meat; he can have it all.

4. Night falls. Buster's wedding night. And it's anything but romantic. Swimming in a borrowed pair of pajamas, Buster struggles to get settled in his bed in Kat's room. The mattress teeter-totters, the footboard collapses, and the headboard falls down and smacks him. He gets no sympathy from Kat, who smacks him and hurls him around. How does he get his revenge on his abusive new bride? Hint

He pretends to be sleep-walking, right across her bed.
He sabotages her bed so it will collapse.
He smacks her with his arm while pretending to be asleep.
He pretends to be asleep, making loud snoring sounds.

5. Morning dawns, and Kat finds her new husband still unconscious from the knock on the head she'd given him the night before. She calls for her brothers and father, who haul Buster out of bed, dump him on the floor, and work to revive him. What remedy finally works? Hint

Smelling salts
Pepper
Ammonia
Ice water

6. Big Joe finds a letter in Buster's jacket pocket -- a letter that Buster had picked up by accident in his altercation with the mailman. Big Joe opens it and reads it and, thinking it's for Buster, assumes that his new brother-in-law has just inherited a fortune. A bewildered Buster finds Kat and her family suddenly being kind. They fill his hands with money. What do they tell him to do with it? Hint

Buy himself some nicer clothes
Buy some champagne
Buy a car
Rent a nice big place to live

7. Thinking that Kat has married into money, the family move to a swanky house with servants. They even pose for a family portrait. But they're also back to being mean to Buster. The brothers keep putting him behind them as they pose. Where does Buster end up when the shutter is snapped? Hint

Hanging from the curtains
In Kat's lap
On the floor
Atop the coat tree

8. It isn't until they have company over in the new house, and Kat is showing off the letter, that she realizes that it wasn't addressed to Buster. Enraged, she tells her family. They share her outrage, and decide to kill Buster. Though he doesn't know why they've turned on him, Buster can tell he'd better make himself scarce. Where's the first place he ends up hiding? Hint

Under the bed
In a huge mound of foam.
Inside the grand piano
In a closet

9. Kat and her family chase Buster all over the house. How does he finally slow them all down long enough that he can run away? Hint

He knocks a table over and blocks their way.
He yanks the rug out from under them.
He smashes a small keg of molasses.
He throws a box of pepper at them.

10. What's the last we see of Buster? Hint

He's running for the hills.
He's diving into the ocean.
He's putting out to sea aboard a tramp steamer.
He's on a train for Reno.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The film opens showing Buster going about his business. What's he doing?

Answer: He's pulling taffy in a candy store.

The introductory title card tells us, "In the foreign section of a big city -- where so many different languages are spoken, the people misunderstand each other perfectly -- there lived a young artist who was pulling to get ahead." Two little boys watch Buster eagerly as he pulls the taffy.

Buster has no job in "Hard Luck" (1921), is selling tintypes in "The Cameraman" (1928), and sells hats in "The Taming of the Snood" (1940).
2. After Buster is introduced, we cut to a couple making a phone call. They want to find a judge who can perform their marriage ceremony right away -- in Polish. The judge assures them that Polish is the only language he speaks. But before the couple can get there, Buster and Kat (Kate Price) end up standing before the judge. Why?

Answer: Kat thought Buster had broken a window.

Buster's troubles begin when he accidentally smacks the mailman with a huge wad of taffy. The mailman throws a bottle at Buster, who has run outside. The bottle misses Buster, but breaks the judge's window. Buster, fleeing the wrathful mailman, trips over Kat, who assumes he's running because he's the one who broke the window. She grabs him and drags him in before the judge.
3. In a comedy of miscommunication, Buster and Kat end up married. A horror-struck Buster gets dragged home by an irate Kat. Her four burly brothers and their father pick Buster up for a head-to-toe inspection, find him sorely lacking, and unceremoniously drop him on the floor before sitting down for dinner. Buster needs to use all his wits to get any food. What does he do?

Answer: He switches the calendar to Friday so his Catholic in-laws won't eat their meat; he can have it all.

Buster has a hard time getting any food from the start, since the brothers keep him too busy passing things to eat his own meager portions. Then when Kat sets down the platter of meat, everybody snags a piece, leaving nothing for Buster. But the calendar trick works its magic.

Among Kat's brothers is Big Joe Roberts, one of Keaton's favorite comic foils. Keaton had known Roberts since his own childhood summers in Muskegon, Wisconsin. Roberts worked with Keaton up until his death from a stroke shortly after the filming of "Our Hospitality" (1923) was completed.
4. Night falls. Buster's wedding night. And it's anything but romantic. Swimming in a borrowed pair of pajamas, Buster struggles to get settled in his bed in Kat's room. The mattress teeter-totters, the footboard collapses, and the headboard falls down and smacks him. He gets no sympathy from Kat, who smacks him and hurls him around. How does he get his revenge on his abusive new bride?

Answer: He smacks her with his arm while pretending to be asleep.

Kat gets her revenge on Buster, in turn, by smashing a pitcher on his head. She knocks him out, and finds him still unconscious when day breaks.
5. Morning dawns, and Kat finds her new husband still unconscious from the knock on the head she'd given him the night before. She calls for her brothers and father, who haul Buster out of bed, dump him on the floor, and work to revive him. What remedy finally works?

Answer: Pepper

Buster sneezes himself awake, spraying pepper all over the room and setting everybody else to sneezing as well. Kat and her family don't seem too happy to have revived Buster. He gets shoved and manhandled and left on the floor as everybody else stomps off into the kitchen for breakfast.
6. Big Joe finds a letter in Buster's jacket pocket -- a letter that Buster had picked up by accident in his altercation with the mailman. Big Joe opens it and reads it and, thinking it's for Buster, assumes that his new brother-in-law has just inherited a fortune. A bewildered Buster finds Kat and her family suddenly being kind. They fill his hands with money. What do they tell him to do with it?

Answer: Rent a nice big place to live

The scene ends with Buster, whose arm has worked free of his pajamas during the fracas, handling the money with a confused air, while his father-in-law (Monte Collins Sr.) shakes the empty pajama sleeve as if shaking Buster's hand.

Monte Collins Sr. also played the parson in "Our Hospitality" in 1923. His son, Monte Collins Jr., played opposite Buster in several of the Columbia shorts Keaton starred in during the early 1940s.
7. Thinking that Kat has married into money, the family move to a swanky house with servants. They even pose for a family portrait. But they're also back to being mean to Buster. The brothers keep putting him behind them as they pose. Where does Buster end up when the shutter is snapped?

Answer: On the floor

Buster finally dives between a brother-in-law's legs and poses on the floor between his wife and her father. The flash sends everybody leaping and tumbling.
8. It isn't until they have company over in the new house, and Kat is showing off the letter, that she realizes that it wasn't addressed to Buster. Enraged, she tells her family. They share her outrage, and decide to kill Buster. Though he doesn't know why they've turned on him, Buster can tell he'd better make himself scarce. Where's the first place he ends up hiding?

Answer: In a huge mound of foam.

Earlier in the film, Buster had accidentally dumped a whole box of yeast into the home brew, which produced a massive amount of sudsy foam. He flees into the kitchen and nearly drowns in the foam. When his in-laws open the kitchen door, the foam spills out into the parlor. Buster's head pops out in a couple of different places before he bursts forth and heads for the exit.
9. Kat and her family chase Buster all over the house. How does he finally slow them all down long enough that he can run away?

Answer: He yanks the rug out from under them.

They chase Buster up the stairs. He jumps from the landing onto a chair below, then yanks the carpet out from under everybody else, gathered on the stairs.
10. What's the last we see of Buster?

Answer: He's on a train for Reno.

The presumption, of course, is that he's heading out for a quick divorce. We also see Buster with tickets for Reno in "Seven Chances" (1925); as he's waiting for a bride for a marriage of convenience, he checks that he has tickets for Niagara Falls (the honeymoon) and Reno (the divorce).
Source: Author ubermom

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