Goat (1918)

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Iron worker Chuck McCarthy (Fred Stone) decides he wants to try being a film actor, in spite of the protests of his parents (Charles McHugh and Fannie Midgely) and girlfriend, Molly (Winifred Greenwood). When it is discovered that he has a talent for stunts, he finds regular work at the Filmcraft Company. He winds up being the goat of the studio, doing all the stunts that the actors refuse, while receiving no credit. Nevertheless, life in motion pictures goes to his head and he lets Molly go when actress Bijou Lamour (Rhea Mitchell) gives him the eye. But Bijou is only trying to make her own sweetheart, matinee idol Marmaduke X. Caruthers (Philo McCollough), jealous. Chuck finds this out the hard way -- he is doubling for Caruthers when his horse trips and he is seriously injured. To create some hot copy, Caruthers is bandaged up as if he was the one hurt in the stunt while Chuck is quietly carted off. That night he reads a newspaper story about Caruthers' "accident" which also mentions the star is engaged to Bijou. At this juncture, Molly returns with a peace offering of flowers, and Chuck finally comes back down to earth. This was musical comedy star Fred Stone's first motion picture, and his uneasiness before the camera shows it.