A Janitor's Joyful Job (1915)

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This one-reel comedy from obscure film company Crystal featured not one, but two fat comics: Fatty Voss, who would later on make a series of films for producer Joe Rock (those films would feature not one, but three fat men, and would be called, logically, The Three Fat Men) and, in drag, future comic icon Oliver Hardy, who would make film history when he teamed up with Stan Laurel in the late '20s. Melinda Rousseau (Hardy) has two suitors: Fatty, a janitor (Voss), and Count Melville de Rose. Melinda's aunt favors the Count, of course, but the young lady really loves Fatty. An inebriated boarder sets fire to the house where Melinda is boarding, and she passes out from the smoke. Fatty heroically comes to her rescue (even if he does carry her out of the burning building upside down). The jealous Count attacks the couple, but they get away and Melinda swears her allegiance to Fatty.