Hello Trouble (1918)

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Many years before either of them wound up at the Hal Roach studios, Oliver Hardy and Charley Chase both spent time working for Henry Lehrman's studio L-KO. They worked together a number of times, usually with Chase acting as director under his real name of Charles Parrot. This particular two-reeler is darkly humorous. Charles Inslee plays an undertaker who comes up with an underhanded way to come up with new business. He finds two happy couples (Hardy and Peggy Provost, and Billy Armstrong and Bartine Burkett), and deems them to be likely prospects. He tells the wives that their husbands have been cheating on them, then goes to the husbands and convinces them to test their wives' love by leaping off the pier in a faked suicide attempt. The wives, told by the undertaker that their husbands are only faking, let them jump. The husbands swim to a boat, supplied by the undertaker, which promptly sinks. A week later, after the wives have celebrated the deaths of their supposedly cheating mates, the husbands show up and go after the undertaker.