Slave (1917)

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This two-reel Billy West comedy should not be confused with the Fox drama of the same name which was also released in 1917. It was the first film West shot on the West Coast after moving the company from New Jersey. Although Leatrice Joy had apparently been in a few other West films, this is the first time she appears as co-star to the Charles Chaplin imitator. The Sultan of Bacteria (Oliver Hardy) is getting ready to behead a slave (West) when he is interrupted by antique collector Haratius Crabbe (Budd Ross), who has arrived with his daughter, Susie (Joy). Susie begs the Sultan to halt the execution, and he agrees -- only he also wants to add Susie to his harem. Susie wants nothing to do with this, so the Sultan and his vizier (Leo White) plot to take her by force. Billy tries to stop them, but they manage to capture the girl when she and her father come for lunch. Crabbe is tossed in the dungeon, and Susie is imprisoned in a tower. Billy escapes from the men guarding him and helps Crabbe to escape. Together they rescue Susie and escape from the Sultan's army.