The Green Alarm (1914)

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Stan Laurel wasn't the first thin man to be teamed up with Oliver Hardy -- at the beginning of Hardy's career, he formed a duo with several different actors, including Bert Tracy, Billy Ruge, and, in a number of shorts at Lubin and Vim, Raymond McKee (whose most famous role would be in the 1922 whaling drama, Down to the Sea in Ships). Here, Hardy and McKee play jail escapees Mike and Jake, who raid a chicken coop belonging to old man Hokus (Billy Bowers). Hokus, in an attempt to get some sleep, has hung his noisy parrot outside his bedroom window. When the thieves invade the coop, however, the bird still manages to wake up Hokus, who grabs his shotgun. He also calls a policeman (Frank Griffin, also the film's director). The policeman proves to be something less than competent, and it's old man Hokus who finally rounds up the thieves. Once the excitement dies down he returns to bed with his parrot and chickens.