The Candy Trail (1916)

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Even early on in his career, Oliver Hardy showed a genius for comedy. He's especially bright in this one-reel Plump and Runt comedy, made over a decade before he teamed up with Stan Laurel. Although Florence McLoughlin is the village belle, deep down she's the sweetheart of Plump (Hardy). But Plump finds he's no match for Runt (Billy Ruge), who shows up with a flivver and romantic tales of the big city. Runt heads for the city and winds up joining a gang of crooks. He asks Florence to join him, not because he loves her but because he wants her money. Florence naively goes, and is followed by the protective Plump, who finds her by a candy trail -- his farewell gift to her was a bag of candy that had a hole in it. He shows up in the nick of time -- one of Runt's associates is trying to attack her. Plump saves the day, and wins back his girl.