Bungles' Elopement (1916)

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Although his character was known as Tweedledum in Europe, when he came to the United States during World War I, Manuel Fernandez Perez was called Bungles for the four films he made for Vim. He both starred and directed his own films (by the late '20s, he would work behind the camera exclusively), even though at first he knew no English. In this Bungles comedy, Perez is seen as a house painter. This gives him the opportunity to spy through people's windows, and one day, he sees a girl (Elsie McLeod) arguing with her father; he wants her to marry a man she doesn't love. Bungles comes to the rescue, and the girl falls in love with him at first sight. The father calls on the girl's supposed fiancé for help, and they go after Bungles. The ensuing chase gives Perez the opportunity to show off the acrobatic skills which earned him popularity in Europe. In the end he wins out over his two foes and gets the girl.