Tourist (1921)

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This Western comedy was the last in which Jimmy Aubrey used Oliver Hardy as his foil. Jimmy is riding on a stage coach that is held up by an outlaw (Hardy) and his gang. Jimmy creates so much havoc that the bandits hold him hostage. He gets away and climbs up a tree with the bad guys in pursuit. They lasso him and pull him -- and the tree top -- down, but Jimmy cuts the rope. He is catapulted through the air and lands in a covered wagon, where he uses the food as missiles to fend off the outlaws. Jimmy stays with the pioneer family that night, but the outlaws return. Before they can do any harm, however, everyone runs off in fright -- everyone except the oblivious Jimmy, who attempts to embrace the family's pretty daughter, not realizing he's hugging a bear. When he finally realizes that it's not the girl he's cuddling, he dashes off after everyone else. A few weeks after the completion of this film, Aubrey signed a new contract with Vitagraph, which did not include Hardy, nor his director, Jesse Robbins, or cameraman Irving Reis. Perhaps this wasn't the wisest move on Aubrey's part -- Robbins and Reis went onto features, and Hardy went to work for the studio's number one comic, Larry Semon (and would later gain comic immortality when he teamed up with Stan Laurel). Aubrey, meanwhile, remained one of silent comedy's lesser lights.