Depressed widower Samuel Sweetland (Jameson Thomas) decides to start dating again and together with his housekeeper (Lillian Hall-Davis) makes up a list of potential future wives. A rare romantic comedy for Alfred Hitchcock who was trying different genres at this time. It’s an adaptation of a popular play that looks far from remarkable today, featuring a story where much of the comedy is derived from the peculiar traits of the women Sweetland dates. There’s no mystery as to whom he really ought to marry. Gordon Harker is fun as a rugged servant, but it takes a little too long before the inevitable conclusion arrives.
1928-Britain. Silent. 107 min. B/W. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Play: Eden Phillpotts. Cast: Jameson Thomas (Samuel Sweetland), Lillian Hall-Davis (Araminta Dench), Gordon Harker (Churdles Ash), Gibb McLaughlin, Maud Gill, Louie Pounds.
Trivia: Remade as The Farmer’s Wife (1941).