Moonlight and Noses (1925)

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If he had never teamed up with Oliver Hardy, it is likely that Stan Laurel would have gone into directing full-time. He proved his talents as a comic director in a number of shorts. This one features Clyde Cook in his first film at the Hal Roach Studios. Cook also has a stellar supporting cast. Two burglars (Cook and Noah Young) break into the home of an eccentric doctor (James Finlayson). The doctor catches them, but offers to let them go free -- and give them a thousand dollars -- if they go to a cemetery and bring back the body of a man who he believes died of "water on the brain." The sweetheart (Tyler Brooks) of the doctor's daughter (none other than Fay Wray) has been banned from the house, and he pretends to be the corpse so he can see the girl. Since he almost immediately disappears once he's brought inside, Cook is forced to pose as the corpse himself. The only problem is that the doctor needs to perform an autopsy. Cook panics in the face of the knives and saws and makes a frantic escape.