Hungry Hearts (1916)

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Long before he teamed up with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy was known as a skilled comic actor. He's hilarious in an exaggerated turn as the classic starving artist in this one-reel Vim short, made early in his film career. Plump (Hardy) and Runt (Billy Ruge) are both starving artists. Even their model (Ray Godfrey) -- who Plump adores -- is starving. Finally a connoisseur (Bert Tracy) offers to buy a painting of the model for five thousand dollars. Plump decides he doesn't want anyone else looking at his girl and slashes the painting. Now really desperate for funds, Plump goes to paint a portrait of a wealthy old widow, who makes a pass at him. Torn between love and the financial comfort offered by the widow, Plump is at a loss what to do. Runt offers to help by checking out the widow himself -- and he sneaks in and marries her. It turns out, however, that it's Plump's beloved model who's receiving a vast inheritance, and the widow actually has no money.