Love, Pepper and Sweets (1915)

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This one-reel boarding house comedy features the team of Walter Stull and Bobby Burns as Pokes and Jabbs, but up-and-comer Billy Ruge gets almost as much screen time (the studio, Vim, would eventually team him up with Oliver Hardy, who was still over a decade away from forming a duo with Stan Laurel). Jabbs, Pokes, and Runt (Ruge) are all boarders at the same house, but Jabbs is the one who has gained favor with the landlady. He gets the upper hand once again when Pokes and Runt meet pretty Ethel (Ethel Burton), and he easily steals her away from them. In retaliation they attack Ethel's house, only to be pelted with milk bottles. Jabbs plays a trick on the two men by having Ethel invite them to her home, then spiking their flowers and candy with pepper. Ethel faints from the pepper (apparently ladies had finer olfactory senses in those days), and Jabbs, pretending to be Ethel's father, gives chase to the two would-be suitors.