Fiddling Around (1925)

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Oliver Hardy played the "heavy" for Billy West, both while West was known as the premier Charles Chaplin imitator, and several years later, after West had dropped the Chaplin trappings. This latter-day West comedy was made a couple of years before Hardy teamed up with Stan Laurel. Hardy is a stage manager who has spent the day watching really horrible performers audition...and then out comes West with a violin. This is the last straw, and the stage manager summarily kicks him out. Billy finds a little boy being harassed by a bunch of bullies and comes to his aid. The kid turns out to be the stage manager's son. The stage manager breaks up the fracas and continues to pursue Billy. But the child is hit by a car, and Billy takes him home and goes for a doctor. The stage manager, unaware of what has happened, continues to chase after Billy. Finally he realizes that Billy has saved his son's life, and gratefully agrees to listen to an audition. Unfortunately, Billy's playing is excruciatingly bad, and the stage manager breaks the violin over his head.