Her Choice (1915)

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This Lubin one-reel comedy takes a poke at a common theme in pictures of the 1910s -- parents who want their daughter to marry into royalty. Mr. and Mrs. Stern (Ed Lawrence and Mae Hotely) want their little girl, Betty (Frances Ne Moyer), to wed either Count Lamont (Jerold Hevener) or Lord Chase (Ben Walker). Betty, however, is in love with Harry, who has no title at all (Raymond McKee). Betty and Harry cook up a scheme to get rid of the unwanted suitors: Betty sends both of them notes instructing them to dress up as women and to show up at the minister's to be married. The Sterns, convinced that Betty is going to elope with one of their choices, pretend not to notice as she sneaks out of the house. She and Harry dash to the minister's and are married only moments before Count Lamont and Lord Chase show up in drag. Each thinks the other is Betty and there is some confusion before the plot is revealed. In the end, the Sterns forgive their daughter and welcome their new son-in-law into the family. Playing a bit part in the film is Oliver Hardy, a dozen years away from teaming up with Stan Laurel.