Hickory Hiram (1918)

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Contrary to popular belief, Stan Laurel did not star in a series of comic shorts for Universal as a character named Hickory Hiram. There was just one, this so-so one-reeler that featured Teddy Sampson (then married to Ford Sterling) as his co-star. Hickory works on a farm as a hired hand, but (like every country boy) he wants to give the Big City a try. He decides to make his dream a reality, and takes his girl, Trixie (Sampson), with him. The rural couple are woefully out of place in the city, and when they attend a burlesque show, Hickory tears his pants while dancing with the chorus. His wallet is stolen (Neal Burns is the thief), and he gets thrown in jail because he can't pay his bill. In the end, Hickory wakes up -- he had fallen asleep while milking a cow and it was all just a dream. Laurel made a handful of comedies for Universal; none of them seem to have survived, and, in any case, they apparently weren't very good. Later the comedian wryly commented they were released to all the very best "comfort stations" (English vernacular for public restrooms).