A Brewerytown Romance (1914)

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Although this Lubin split-reel seems to have a sequel in The Kidnapped Bride, which was released a month later, it's more likely that the company filmed a reel's worth of story and decided that it would be more profitable to split it in two. The comedies are notable because Oliver Hardy (some 12 years off from teaming with Stan Laurel) has a significant role in them -- in fact, he turns out to be the main romantic interest. Lena Krautheimer (Eva Bell) goes to a dance with her sweetheart, Emil Schweitzer (Raymond McKee), who, unfortunately, doesn't dance. When Emil goes outside for a smoke, Lena takes advantage of the opportunity to perform a few fancy steps with "Tango" Heinz (Frank Griffin, who also directed). Emil goes into a jealous rage and chases Heinz with a gun. Lena goes after them and runs into her former boyfriend, Cassidy (Hardy), who is now a cop. Heinz takes refuge in a boat which, unfortunately, is loaded with nitroglycerine, and when Emil shoots at it, it explodes. That would seem to be the end of Heinz, but no -- he falls out of the sky onto Emil and they fight. Cassidy breaks it up and Emil gives Lena an ultimatum. She chooses Cassidy, and they push the two men into the water. After kissing each other, Emil and Heinz sink under the surface.