Ethel's Romeos (1915)

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Popular Broadway star Fayette Perry occasionally appeared in films -- her credits include pictures for Universal and Jesse L. Laske. She made this one-reel comedy for Casino, the same outfit that made a couple of shorts starring then-Follies star W.C. Fields. This comedy, however, features a different future comic great in a supporting role -- Oliver Hardy, some dozen years before he teamed up with Stan Laurel. Perry plays Ethel, a young lady who lives in a boarding house along with an invalid spinster, Miss Stimpson (Madge Orlamond, wife of respected character actor William Orlamond). The male boarders pay no attention to Ethel until they find a telegram that they believe says that she is due to inherit an estate. Suddenly, Ethel is the most popular girl on the block, and three boarders, Charlie (Budd Ross), Albert (Eddie Boulden), and Frank (Herbert Stanley) all propose. Ethel, a little starry-eyed at all this attention, tells them all, "Yes!" Meanwhile, Miss Stimpson is visited by her rich brother, Jake (Hardy), and the boarders, thinking he is Ethel's brother, inform him that they are to marry his sister. While they are out searching for ministers, Ethel, Jake, and Miss Stimpson team up. When the men return with the ministers, Jake proceeds to get rid of them all. All the action causes Ethel to faint, and when Jake revives her, it's clear that they've fallen in love.