Shoddy the Tailor (1915)

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This Lubin one-reel comedy features the Riverside Police Force -- the studio's second-rate answer to Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops (one of the Force, however -- Oliver Hardy -- would become a first-rate comic actor). Raymond McKee stars as Henry Buggs, the only tailor in a small town, and coincidentally the village's worst-dressed man. In spite of his shoddy appearance, Buggs flirts with all the girlfriends of the Riverside Police Force. The angry cops beat him up and later on, when they're called for inspection, they're totally disheveled. The police chief (Harry Lorraine) orders them to tidy up their uniforms. Unfortunately, the only place they can go is Buggs' shop and the tailor sees his chance for revenge. He gladly tosses the uniforms down a well and leaves town. The cops are forced to avoid their girls until they find some clothes, which are provided by a kindly old lady. At the next inspection, the policemen are wearing everything but uniforms. Buggs finally sends word of the uniforms' location, making the cops look even more foolish to their girlfriends.