Mr. Preble is a married, middle-aged suburbanite. After having fallen in love with his secretary, Preble begins to develop a plot to “get rid” of his wife. At home one night, after much suspicious behavior, Mr. Preble asks his wife to accompany him to the cellar. This is the opening gambit in their marital power struggle. Knowing her husband’s motives, will Mrs. Preble allow herself to be eliminated so that her husband can run away with his secretary? The surprising outcome brings their marriage back to the status quo, which, in turn forces the audience to examine domestic power struggles in a new satirical light.
Based on the James Thurber short story, this outrageous film, with its broad acting style and accomplished visual technique, effectively translates the original story into cinematic terms while remaining true to the humor and spirit of its author.
The film has aired on PBS and the BBC. It also won the Red Ribbon award and was featured in the American Film Festival and Cine Hold Eagle.
This film adaptation of a James Thurber story is an engaging, technically accomplished work… Effective angles, wide-angle lenses, well-placed editing, and understated details emphasize important elements in this comic battle of the sexes.
…this outrageous film uses Thurber’s style of satiric exaggeration to examine the domestic power struggles between a middle-aged suburbanite and his wife. With its broad acting style and accomplished visual technique, Mr. Preble effectively translates the original story into cinematic terms while remaining true to the spirit of its author.