Dull Care (1919)

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During his two years working with Jimmy Aubrey, Oliver Hardy would occasionally appear in comedies starring Larry Semon (Aubrey and Semon were both making pictures for Vitagraph at the time). Although Hardy plays a hefty apartment building janitor in this two-reeler, he's not the biggest guy in the film -- that credit goes to Frank Alexander, who frequently got the worst of it in Semon's pictures. Alexander plays the chief of police who, in spite of his heft, is a coward. He and his force spend more time trying to stay away from bad guys than they do trying to capture them. One detective (Semon) is assigned to the chief's wife (Lucille Carlisle), because it is known that the crooks are planning to rob her. The detective, the building's janitor, a newlywed groom, and the mayor (who's another tenant) all fall in love with the wife. They find their way to her room, only to be discovered by the chief, whose jealously overcomes his cowardice. He chases the men all over the building until the crooks arrive and rob them. Larry goes after them and recovers the loot. Judging from this film's plot, Semon must have thought highly of Carlisle's charms. And he probably did because in real life he married her.