Better Late Than Never (1916)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

The assistant to director Frank Griffin on this Keystone comedy was Jean Havez, whose writing contributions would later be valuable to both Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. William Collier is attending art school with Mae Busch, who has fallen in love with him over the objections of her father (Frank Opperman). Her father prefers another gent, who is also an aspiring artist (Joseph Belmont). Collier beats out his rival a number of times. The first time is at an art competition, in which he replaces his rival's sketch for a caricature of Mae's father. Then, during a painting contest, while Collier is off courting Mae, a cow swishes some paint on his canvas with her tail. The painting winds up winning over that of his infuriated rival. Collier finally disguises the maid and sends her off with the rival, while he dashes off with Mae in search of a preacher. The father, however, catches up with them and all seems lost until Collier runs across a motion picture company filming a wedding. He finds a real minister, gets Mae, and tricks his rival into standing up for them. After the couple are wed, the rival can't help but appreciate Collier's craftiness and congratulates him.