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Mighty Like a Moose

1926

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  • Even when ostensibly happy, McCarey’s endings are often only bittersweet. In Mighty Like a Moose (26), a husband and wife, unbeknownst to each other, each get plastic surgery, then seduce each other as strangers. The misrecognitions make excellent fodder for humor—at one point Charley Chase plays both the cuckolded husband and the new suitor as they chase each other through a hallway—but it’s impossible to shake the pall of doubt they cast.