Weary Willie's Rags (1914)

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Oliver Hardy -- at the time a new actor honing his craft as a comedian -- has a supporting role in this Lubin split-reel picture. It's based on what was even back then an overdone theme -- the tramp who steals the clothes of a well-to-do man. The well-off gentleman is Henry Paff (Harry Lorraine), a businessman who has checked into a nice hotel while on the road. While he and the hotel clerk (Hardy) are asleep, hobo William Ragson (Ben Walker) sneaks in and takes Paff's clothes and money. Paff wakes up to discover that all he has to wear are the hobo's old rags, and the porter kicks him out of the hotel. Ragson, meanwhile, lives it up with Paff's money until he is tossed in jail for being too rowdy. Paff, who has been arrested for vagrancy, is already there. The hotel clerk comes down to the station to make the proper identification.