Hop the Bellhop (1919)

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Laurel and Hardy fans sometimes get this two-reel comedy confused with The Bellhop and Hop to It, all of which featured Oliver Hardy before he teamed up with Stan Laurel. But other than Hardy's presence, these three films have little in common -- The Bellhop starred Larry Semon, Hop to It teamed Hardy up with minor silent comic Bobby Ray and this comedy, made for L-KO, was directed by Charles Parrott (who would later star in front of the camera as Charley Chase). Hardy plays Solomon Soop, the same character he portrayed in a previous film, (The Freckled Fish) (apparently, the studio was thinking of making Soop a running character, but this didn't work out). The story revolves around the hefty Tiny Toodles, whose father runs a hotel. She puts an ad in the paper for a husband, offering half interest in the hotel and a five hundred dollar bonus as a dowry. Soop applies and on the train over, the nefariously named Jerry Jippem discovers the purpose of his trip. Jippem decides to impersonate Soop and collect the dough. At first Jippem mistakes the pretty cashier for Tiny, but his blunder doesn't deter him from his lust for money. Soop, however, shows up before the crook can swindle Tiny's parents.