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Comedian Larry Semon borrows heavily from two of his prior films, Between the Acts and The Stage Hand, for this mediocre comedy. Semon, the prop man for a high-class variety theater, has a crush on the leading lady (Lucille Carlisle who, in real life, was Semon's fiancée). The show involves a number of impressive acts, but one audience member derides the magician's performance. A rooster, part of the magician's show, goes after the guy and Larry has to catch the unruly bird. Meanwhile, the stage manager (Oliver Hardy) plans to steal some jewelry belonging to the leading lady. He's interrupted, however, when a barrel of black powder gets blown into the audience. When the leading lady comes out to see what is going on, the stage manager uses the opportunity to take the jewelry. The performers chase after him, and Larry is the one who retrieves the jewels. Before he can revel in his victory for too long, Larry wakes up to discover it was all a dream.