The Candy Kid (1917)

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Charles Chaplin impersonator Billy West gets caught in the middle of a fight between a pair of confectioners in this two-reel comedy. The battle begins over a pretty employee -- first she works for Tony, where she is a big draw for the customers. But when Tony makes a pass at her, she quits and goes to work for Hugo. Tony, intent on ruining Hugo's business, makes a bomb and forcibly hires Billy to toss it into his rival's shop. When the bomb lands near Hugo's wife, Billy rushes to throw the bomb away from her. The grateful Hugo then gives Billy a job. But Billy is more of a hindrance than a help, and a fight breaks out between him and his new employer. Candy, ice cream, and seltzer water begin flying -- it's World War I in a candy shop. As Billy makes his escape, he knocks over a barrel of molasses. His pursuers get stuck in the sticky stuff, and Billy manages to get away. Supporting West is his usual company of stock players from his King Bee days, including future screen greats Oliver Hardy and Leatrice Joy.