Safety Worst (1915)

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Before Raymond McKee became a star of low-budget 1920s dramas, he was a star of low-budget short comedies of the 1910s. He was one of Lubin's stock players in 1914 and 1915, and he's the featured player in this split-reel comedy. Billington Biggs (McKee) is a big believer in the saying "safety first" -- so big, in fact, that he has "safety first" cards made up and hands them out to everyone he encounters. The only problem is that Biggs' timing is way off and he chooses the worst opportunities to give away his cards. He gets involved in a street fight and interrupts a couple who are "spooning" (the couple happen to be fellow Lubin stock player Frances Ne Moyer and comedian Oliver Hardy, who would later become famous when he teamed up with Stan Laurel). Biggs is also the cause of an explosion at a gas station and he allows a burglar to escape from pursuing cops. The angry cops toss Biggs into the river. When he is rescued, he tries to hand out one of the cards; the disgusted rescuers toss him back into the water.