The Wife's Family

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The Wife's Family
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Poster in British Movie Herald
Directed by Monty Banks
Screenplay by Fred Duprez
Val Valentine
Based on My Wife's Family by Fred Duprez (from an original story by Harry B. Linton and Hal Stephens)
Produced by John Maxwell
Starring Gene Gerrard
Muriel Angelus
Amy Veness
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Edited byA.C. Hammond
Distributed by Wardour Films
Release date
  • 3 June 1931 (1931-06-03)(London)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$67,000 [1]
Box office$300,000 (est.) [1]

The Wife's Family (also released as My Wife's Family) is a 1931 British comedy film directed by Monty Banks and starring Gene Gerrard, Muriel Angelus, and Amy Veness. [2] It was based on the popular stage farce by Fred Duprez. [3] The play was subsequently filmed a further four times: in a Swedish version Mother-in-Law's Coming , in 1932; [4] a 1933 Finnish film Voi meitä! Anoppi tulee ; [5] and British remakes in 1941 and 1956. [6] It was produced by British International Pictures and shot at the company's Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. The film's sets were designed by the art director John Mead.


Poster taglines: "His Mother-in-law wasn't born--she was quarried out of solid granite and could lick her weight in wildcats!" [7]
"An inside comedy of the in-laws-the in-bads and all but ingratitude!" [8]


Farcical confusions ensue when newlywed bride Peggy Gay overhears her husband Jack discussing the purchase of a piano, and somehow interprets what he has said to mean he is the father of an illegitimate child.



BIP bought the rights to the stage farce for $7,500. The film production was very popular. [1]

Critical reception

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