Mules and Mortgages (1919)

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Jimmy Aubrey is upstaged by a monkey in this two-reel comedy. Aubrey plays the assistant to Strongarm, the local blacksmith (Oliver Hardy, who also upstaged Aubrey more often than not in the pictures they appeared in together). When a tax collector threatens to evict a girl (Maude Emory) and her family, she goes to Jimmy for help. He has no money, so he has to be creative. Strongarm is given a monkey, which proves to be a handful. Predictably, the chimp takes a liking to Jimmy. While Strongarm is away, Jimmy shoes a horse and buys food for the girl's family with the earnings. Then, when the tax collector unknowingly drops a wad of bills, the monkey snatches it up and gives it to Jimmy. Jimmy pays the family's tax bill and chases the tax collector away. The monkey featured here, Snookums, went on to have her own series of two-reel comedies for a film company called Chester.