A Rheumatic Joint (1915)

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This two-reeler was episode three in a 14-part comedy serial produced by brothers Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton which featured the Cosmopolitan magazine cartoon character, J. Rufus Wallingford, created by George Randolph Chester. Burr McIntosh plays Wallingford, and Max Figman appears as Wallingford's partner, Blackie Daw. The pair have set out to help Violet Warden (Lolita Robertson, Figman's wife in real life) to avenge the death of her father, who was swindled by a group of businessmen. Cornelius Rockewell is Wallingford's mark in this episode. Rockewell is in search of a cure for his ailment, and Wallingford creates a sanitarium that promises to treat it. Onion Jones, another Wallingford associate (Eddie O'Connor), convinces Rockewell that he must visit Wallingford's sanitarium. Rockewell is fooled by the place and outbids Jones to buy it -- for exactly the same amount of money he stole from Warden. Appearing as a bit player in this picture is a very young Oliver Hardy, who also shows up in three or four other Wallingford episodes.