Bungles' Rainy Day (1916)

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European film comic Manuel Fernandez Perez found his career stalled by World War I, so he traveled to the United States to work. He began his American career with four films at Vim. Although his character was known in Europe as Tweedledum, at Vim he was known as Bungles. The plot to this Bungles one-reeler is practically nonexistent. Bungles' girlfriend (Elsie McLeod) is being harassed by a pair of tramps who are trying to snatch her purse. Bungles comes to the young lady's aid and thrashes her assailants, only to discover she has vanished. He goes looking for her and gets in trouble with a pair of piano movers. Bungles makes his way to the girl's home, where he is thrown out for insulting her mother. The tramps and the piano movers find Bungles and beat him up -- the fire department also lends a hand in letting poor Bungles have it. Oliver Hardy -- more than a decade away from teaming up with Stan Laurel -- has a supporting role in this picture.