Max Linder – Early Comedies

Max et la doctoresse
R: Max Linder. B: Max Linder. D: Max Linder, Lucy d’Orbel, Georges Gorby. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1909
German subtitles

“Max makes love to the lady doctor, who, of course, cannot forbid his visiting her, and we see him married later to the lady, but each time he starts to embrace she is called away to treat a sudden patient. Finally he kicks all the patients out of the office and domesticity reigns supreme. Such a subject, of course, could be made most suggestive which the film is in spots. It shows the flexible featured Max in the role of the husband. The picture is presented in a capable manner.”
The New York Dramatic Mirror, Dec. 9, 1914

“Une spirituelle critique de la question féministe, toujours brûlante d’actualité. Les femmes ont conquis le droit d’occuper les fonctions jadis exclusivement réservées aux hommes. Quel sera, dans un ménage, le résultat de cet état de choses? C’est ce que nous conte, cette très amusante comédie jouée par le trois fois illustre Max Linder.”
Le Film, 3.7.1914

Je voudrais un enfant
R: Max Linder. B: Lucien Boyer, Max Linder. D: Max Linder. P: Pathé Frères. Fr 1910
German subtitles

“As a result of Max’s desire for a family, his wife takes a recommended prescription and presents the dismayed Max with a family of a dozen or more children. A risque type of French comedy, not suited for critical audiences.”
Pathescope film catalog, 1920

“So great and so successful a firm as Pathé puts out some of the prettiest — and some of the worst — comedies one can want to see or flee. (…) Attracted by the name Pathé, which usually means ‘well done,’ the present scribe wandered into a ‘photoplayhouse’ (horrific name this, not to say horrendous)! yesterday, and sat interestedly through One on Max*. Interested, because from the beginning things happened in so unhuman, unnatural and peculiar a manner that one couldn’t help wanting to know what the deuce was coming next. Now, the present scribe is not French, has never been in France and couldn’t pretend to say anything about the French character. He hardly imagines that this is a sample of French humor, but if it is — God pity the French!”
C.H. Claudy, Moving Picture World, Jan. 14, 1911

* ‘One on Max’ is the US title of the Linder comedy La vengeance du bottier, 1909