Outwitting Dad (1914)

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Oliver Hardy debuted in motion pictures a full three years before his future partner, Stan Laurel (and the two wouldn't team up until 1926 and both were seasoned film professionals). Whether this split-reel comedy from Lubin was Hardy's first effort is a matter for debate; it's possible he did uncredited work previously. He not only gets credit here, as O.N. Hardy, he also stands out in what was apparently a pretty mediocre farce. It's based on the old tale of the couple (Raymond McKee and Frances Ne Moyer) who want to get married, but her father (Billy Bowers) does not approve of the relationship. The boy, Bob Kewp, gets his brother, Reggie (Hardy), to dress up as a bandit and terrorize the father. While Reggie chases the father to the stable, Bob and his girl run off to get married. When the father finds out he has been tricked, he takes it out on the hapless Reggie, who has fallen asleep. He then goes in search of Bob, but his daughter convinces him to make peace with his new son-in-law.