The Rogue (1918)

Run Time - 23 min.  |  
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Charles Chaplin imitator Billy West had several notable leading ladies during his days with King Bee: Rosemary Theby, the popular Ethel Burton (who was married to director Arvid E. Gillstrom), and future 1920s star Leatrice Joy. Joy fell ill around the time this two-reel comedy was made, but Burton and Theby are both featured. After creating havoc in the kitchen of the boarding house where he's living, Billy finds himself on the streets -- the landlady has thrown him out until he can come up with the rent. With no money and no place to stay, Billy goes to a café and steals the meal of a customer (Leo White) who has temporarily left the table to wash up. The café owner (Oliver Hardy) kicks Billy out, and he goes to a park where he ruins a romantic tryst between a girl (Burton) and her sweetheart (also played by White). The girl accidentally hits Billy with her car and takes him home. Unfortunately for Billy, it turns out that her father is the ill-tempered café owner. After he gets rid of Billy, his daughter urges him to bring him back. So the café owner goes after Billy, and they both get involved in a chase between the cops and a pair of crooks. The whole crowd winds up back at the house, and Billy is given credit for the crooks' capture. This wins the café owner's approval, and Billy wins the heart of the girl's sister (Theby).