Jealous James (1914)

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Jerold T. Hevener plays a maniacally jealous husband in this one-note Lubin split-reel comedy featuring Oliver Hardy, who was just getting his film career started. Jim Jenkins (Hevener) believes that everyone is romancing his wife, Clara (Marguerite NeMoyer). When he comes home early from work and finds a man on his knees in her bedroom he blows his stack, only to discover that it's a carpet layer. Jenkins then borrows opera glasses so he can spy more effectively, and when he sees yet another man on knees at the backdoor of his home, he rushes over and beans him with a sack of flour. However, it's just the grocery boy (Hardy), who is tying his shoelace. Finally, Jenkins' fears seem confirmed -- he finds Clara in the arms of another man. He shoots, but luckily he misses, because it's their neighbor, Maude Mullen (Eva Bell), dressed in a man's costume. Maude's brother is furious and sends a prizefighter over to teach Jenkins a much-needed lesson.