He's In Again (1918)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |  
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Although this two-reel Billy West comedy was released under the banner of the Bull's Eye Film Corporation, it's likely that it was made while the comic was still working for King Bee. Oliver Hardy, who did not join West and the other King Bee stock players in later endeavors, also appears in the film. West, Charles Chaplin's most notable impersonator, borrows some of Chaplin's best gags, and performs them pretty well here. Billy is on the run from the law and eludes the pursuing cops by entering a cafe. There, he runs afoul of the headwaiter (Hardy) when he can't pay for the beer he has drunk and gets tossed out not once, but several times. The cops catch up with him, and, faced with the choice of jail or gainful employment, he chooses the job. So Billy goes to work as a waiter at the very same cafe, and is forced to put on a dress and dance when one of the dancers suddenly quits. A prize fighter (Leo White) comes in and manhandles his date. Billy comes to the girl's aid and then winds up having to face the fighter in the ring. Somehow, Billy manages to win, but later on, the fighter harasses the girl again and Billy has to give him another knockout punch. One of the bit players in the film is a slightly boozy piano player -- it's director Charles Parrott, who later became more famous as Hal Roach comic Charley Chase.

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boxing, cafe, chase, on-the-run, police, prizefighter, waiter