Bluff (1916)

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Though their "Dutch" characterizations and thick stage makeup were not entirely convincing on-screen, the comedy team of Clarence Kolb and Max Dill managed to grind out four starring features in 1915 and 1916. In Bluff, Kolb and Dill play a couple of would-be chemists who develop a formula that seemingly transforms base metals into gold. After attracting several investors, our heroes discover that their formula is a wash-out, obliging them to make a quick and speedy exit to another town. The boys' reputations are saved when the "worthless" formula yields a puncture-proof rubber. Critics felt that Bluff was the best of the Kolb & Dill comedies, though apparently that wasn't saying much.