The Twin Sister (1915)

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As would often happen in much later pictures (after he teamed up with Stan Laurel), Oliver Hardy finds himself the victim of a shrewish, domineering woman in this Lubin split-reel comedy. Bill Bolt (Hardy) starts off as the authoritarian king of his home. He shamelessly bosses around his meek wife, Eva (Mae Hotely), and when she asks for some money he yells at her and storms off to work. Eva has had enough of Bolt's behavior and goes home to her mother, even though her twin sister, Nancy (also Hotely), is coming for a visit. Nancy arrives after she is gone and, after reading her sister's note, decides to teach Bolt a lesson by posing as Eva. When he gets home from work, Bolt is shocked to discover that his wife refuses to live by his heavy-handed tactics. Nancy attacks him with the same wrath that Mae Busch would dish out a decade and a half later in Laurel and Hardy films. The now-cowering Bolt willingly hands over his paycheck and Eva returns home to find her husband a changed man. Mae Hotely and director Arthur Hotaling were husband and wife.