Hot Water is less like a feature-length story than three closely related shorts tied together. Nevertheless it is one of Lloyd’s most hilarious movies. Harold plays a young husband with an idyllic little suburban home. The first act concerns his struggles to get home to his wife (Jobyna Ralston) with an armful of packages, including a live turkey he has just won in a raffle. The middle part chronicles his troubles during the inaugural outing of his brand new car, mostly caused by his wife’s annoying relatives. In the third act, Harold is convinced that he has accidentally killed his mother-in-law, and that her ghost is haunting the house. The film’s closing message: “Home Sweet Home” ironic though it may be, is also genuine. Harold may bristle at his responsibilities but in the last analysis he holds up his end of the bargain. That was part of Lloyd’s appeal.
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