A Sticky Affair (1916)

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This Plump and Runt comedy was apparently Billy Bletcher's first film for Vim (he and another Vim alumnus, Oliver Hardy -- who was Plump -- would meet up once again during the 1920s when both were working for producer Hal Roach). It was also Elsie McLeod's first film for Vim, she had previously been directing and starring in films for another small production company. Plump and Runt (Billy Ruge) are a pair of cops who are both romancing Lena Brown (McLeod), housekeeper for Professor Perkins, an inventor who has perfected an extremely effective glue. Although Lena is fond of both her suitors, she will only choose the one who shows a display of bravery. Perkins comes home and Lena hides the two cops, not realizing that a couple of burglars have already broken in. The cops dress up in women's clothes in an attempt to escape the home, but Perkins catches them. He calls the police and chases Plump and Runt onto the roof. Meanwhile, there is an explosion in the laboratory and the burglars, who have been trying to crack the safe, wind up covered in glue. The professor, Plump, and Runt all crash through the skylight and wind up in the laboratory with the burglars. Everyone gets stuck to everyone else, and Lena winds up happily stuck on Plump.