Female Cop (1914)

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Early Lubin comedienne Mae Hotely was the wife of one of the company's producers, Arthur Hotaling. Hotely was no beauty and she was not afraid to make the most of her plain features in films such as this split-reel comedy, which features a very young Oliver Hardy, who was just getting his start in motion pictures. Hardy is merely listed as "boob cop." Hotely is Myra McGinnis, a spinster who constantly thinks men are flirting, when they are really only making fun of her. When the police department begins hiring women officers, one of Myra's friends suggests that she apply. The force takes her on and Myra proceeds to arrest nearly every man she encounters. The next morning they're all hauled into court, but Myra can't come up with any charges, so she claims they all flirted with her. The furious judge frees all the men and tosses Myra out of the building. The released men hurl rotten vegetables at her, and she thrashes her suffragette pal.