Kidnapping the Kid (1914)

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This split-reel Lubin comedy centers around one big visual joke -- having huge Oliver Hardy playing a baby. Hans (Harry Lorraine) and Jake (Billy Bowers) are a pair of very untalented street musicians. When their latest concert is rewarded with a bucket of water being soundly dumped on their heads, the guys begin thinking about a change in career. They read a newspaper story about a kidnapping and decide this is as good an angle to take as any. For their victim, they choose Willie Gold (Hardy), the hefty son of a millionaire. They successfully steal him away right under the nose of his nurse and her policeman sweetheart. Hans and Jake are convinced they're in the money, until they have to deal with Willie's tantrums and spoiled behavior. The would-be kidnappers are more than happy to be rid of Willie, who returns to his nurse without even being missed.