The Brave Ones (1916)

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This one-reel Vim picture shows how typical comic situations can be spiced up with good players -- included in the cast are future comic staples Oliver Hardy and Billy Bletcher, and the underrated Elsie McLeod. It's a Plump and Runt comedy, with Hardy as Plump and Billy Ruge as Runt. The two of them come to town tired, starving, and broke, so they steal some pies. Afterwards, they try to flirt with a pretty young girl (McLeod), who is not at all impressed with them. On top of that, she turns out to be the daughter of the sheriff (Bletcher). The sheriff nabs the two pie thieves, but instead of tossing them in jail, he forces them to stay in an empty house for one night. The house is creepy enough to begin with, but it's also the preferred hideout of a gang of counterfeiters who want the intruders out. The crooks pretend to be ghosts to scare Plump and Runt, but are apprehended by them instead. Plump and Runt also capture Elsie, who has also dressed up as a ghost. The gang manages to free themselves and tell the police that the sheriff is the one who's the counterfeiter. Plump and Runt expose the real bad guys and save the sheriff's job.