Springtime (1920)

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In the first two dozen films comedian Jimmy Aubrey made for Vitagraph, his foil was a pre-Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy. By the time they were working on the second dozen films, the studio was giving Hardy quite a bit of room in their press kits, something that likely did not please Aubrey, whose talents paled beside what Hardy later accomplished. Here, Aubrey plays a park janitor whose antics frustrate and annoy the park commissioner (Hardy). A thief who has already robbed the commissioner (with Jimmy's inadvertent help) decides to also kidnap his baby. While the commissioner and his wife are following the instructions on the ransom note, Jimmy picks up the infant with the trash and later finds it in his garbage can. Everyone winds up at the designated meeting place and a fracas ensues. Jimmy winds up returning the baby to its mother, and the grateful commissioner rewards Jimmy...with a brand-new broom.