Tootsies and Tamales (1919)

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Although it is widely assumed that Oliver Hardy had no desire to work behind the camera and left the offscreen creative tasks up to his partner, Stan Laurel, this may not have always been the case. Earlier in his career, Hardy directed a number of shorts in which he also starred, and afterwards, his name would occasionally appear in behind-the-scene credits. He's credited, along with Budd Ross, for the story to this Jimmy Aubrey two-reeler. Hardy plays the villain here, a mean-spirited Mexican who is determined to have a pretty seƱorita (Maude Emory), even though neither she nor her father want to have anything to do with him. To convince them otherwise, the villain kidnaps the father and refuses to let him go unless he is allowed to marry his daughter. Jimmy comes to town and decides to help the girl. At first, he wins the villain's trust through a drinking contest. The two wind up coming to blows, and their fight is interrupted only by a bullfight. The villain makes sure that Jimmy ends up in the bullring, but to his surprise (and no doubt Jimmy's), he kills the bull. The villain's henchmen have set up a bomb near the father, but Jimmy and the girl manage to save him just in the nick of time. The villain and his men arrive at the empty shack just as the bomb explodes.