The Reformers (1916)

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In their series of comedies, Plump (Oliver Hardy) and Runt (Billy Ruge) were never really bad guys, just inept. So they make a rather unlikely pair of ex-cons (just like Hardy and a later partner, Stan Laurel, made rather ludicrous cons in The Second Hundred Years and Liberty). In spite of their shifty past, Plump and Runt are determined to reform and they find work as the butler and chef in a mansion owned by wealthy Mrs. Ogden (Edna Reynolds). The family's black sheep son (Bert Tracy) has gotten himself involved with an adventuress (Florence McLoughlin), and he convinces his sister (Ray Godfrey) to steal some jewels so he can keep his romance going. Plump and Runt are initially accused of the theft, but a number of unusual comic situations finally expose the truth. The pair are exonerated and, in fact, rewarded for their efforts in revealing the real culprits.