Dobs at the Shore (1914)

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This nonsensical seaside comedy from Lubin features Oliver Hardy playing a woman (in the 1910s, comedians often played in drag, or played women outright for comic effect). Jemula Heckla (Frank Griffin, who also directed) takes his wife, Meggie (Hardy), to the shore. Heckla spies the very attractive Helen Martin (Frances NeMoyer), and Helen's escort, Count Casco (Raymond McKee), has gone off for ice cream, he sneaks away from his wife for a little flirtation. The count returns and a fracas results, which wakes up Meggie. Believing that her husband is in danger, she starts pummeling the count, but then she figures out what Heckla has been up to and everyone is in trouble. While Meggie is chasing after her husband and the count, Helen goes in search of a cop. By the time the police show up, the two men are half drowned, and Meggie is taking pot shots at them. Finally Meggie grabs her husband and drags him off and the cops, who have misunderstood the whole situation, arrest the count for attempted suicide.