Their Vacation (1916)

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In this installment of Vim's Plump and Runt comedies, Plump (Oliver Hardy) and Runt (Billy Ruge) go on vacation. Plump manages to lose all their money while flirting with a pretty girl. Because they can't pay the hotel bill, they are put to work at the shoe-cleaning concession (the fact that Runt has been courting the daughter of the hotel manager probably hasn't helped their plight, either). Their duties, however, prove fortuitous -- the thieves who took their money hid the wad in a shoe and the boys find it. They end the film by capturing the bad guys in typical comic fashion. Playing a bit part in the film is Bert Tracy, in his first role at Vim. He and Hardy knew each other while working at an earlier film studio, and their friendship would continue for many decades -- Tracy would be prop man for Hardy and Stan Laurel when they toured Europe in the late '40s.