How To Behave (1936) ***

The first short comedy of Robert Benchley's official MGM series (after the enormous success of How To Sleep the year before) takes up the subject of etiquette, and handles such vexed and thorny matters as how long to remain standing when a woman enters the room if she makes no effort to sit herself, and who to introduce to whom and in what order when the guests are a woman and a church dignitary. Plus the classic 'weekend guest' sequence, with Benchley in plus-fours waiting impatiently for his hosts to rise for breakfast, and accidentally breaking a model ship on their mantelpiece.