Fatty's Fatal Fun (1915)

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Because Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was such a huge success in the mid-1910s, small studios were always on the lookout for a fat comedian with star quality. The tiny Mittenthal Film Company found a talented freelancer and made a one-reel comedy with him. The big guy was billed as Babe Hardy, but he would be better known as Oliver Hardy later on, when he teamed up with Stan Laurel. The plot is pretty simple; Fatty (Hardy) drives his friends crazy by pulling a number of practical jokes on them, and they decide to return the favor on his wedding day. A wild man has just escaped from the circus, so Fatty's pals dress him up to look like the escapee, then sit back and watch the fun as their pal is pursued by a large group of circus employees. The wedding party begins to wonder what is holding up the groom when he shows up in his fur loincloth. Fatty and his bride sit on a couple of circus people to keep them from carting him off while the minister does his duty.