Avenging Bill (1915)

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This Lubin comedy shared a reel with a cartoon, Mile-a-Minute Monty, and another shorter subject, The Haunted Hat. Both live-action films featured appearances by a young Oliver Hardy. In Avenging Bill, Hardy is Bill, a grocer's boy who is in love with petite Lucy (Mabel Paige), a maid who works for the Grouch family. The Grouches live up to their name and make life miserable for Lucy. She takes the abuse until the day Mr. Grouch (Royal Byron) slugs her sweetheart. Lucy snaps and she grabs a knife and chases after Mr. Grouch. The panicked Mrs. Grouch (Eloise Willard) phones the police. Before they arrive, Lucy has cornered Mr. Grouch and forced him to apologize to her boyfriend. When the cops see little Lucy, they refuse to believe the Grouches' story and leave. As soon as they are gone, Lucy and Bill let the Grouches really have it, and when they are done they walk off arm in arm.