The Love Bugs (1917)

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Toward the end of his tenure at the Vim studios, Oliver Hardy had his own company and directed a number of films. One notable actress who often appeared either opposite Hardy or in significant supporting roles was Kate Price, who matched him in both heft and comic talent. This picture was the last time the two would appear in a film together until Larry Semon's 1925 picture The Perfect Clown (Vim fell apart shortly after this film's completion). Price runs a boarding house, and among her renters is Babe (Hardy), who works behind the ribbon counter at a department store. Babe is infatuated with Kate's daughter, Ethel (Ethel Burton), but his modest job does not impress her. What does impress her is a valuable diamond necklace owned by another boarder, Mrs. Carver. Snooky, who also lives at Kate's, goes to steal it, but finds that Babe is trying to beat him to the job. Mr. and Mrs. Carver catch Babe and go after him. The chase eventually turns around back to the house, where Babe catches Snooky making off with the necklace. As a result, he winds up a hero, and wins Ethel's admiration.