The Rent Collector (1921)

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Whey-faced star comedian Larry Semon played an involuntary rent collector who gets wise to the schemes of a nasty crime boss (Oliver Hardy) in this 2-reel comedy. Together with a tenement girl (Norma Nichols), Semon manages to capture the Big Boss, but not before the three of them have endured a series of incredible stunt gags, a Semon specialty. A former cartoonist, Larry Semon came close to equalling the popularity of Charles Chaplin, but his extravagant filming methods and sometimes difficult off-screen personality proved his ultimate undoing. The Rent Collector marked the debut of Oliver Hardy as an official member of the Semon stock company. Rumors that Stan Laurel also appeared in the comedy have later been dismissed.