The Band Master (1917)

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This two-reel comedy was the last Billy West film made on the East Coast by the King Bee studios. Once it was finished, the company -- including West, director Arvid E. Gillstrom, and the stock players, including a young Oliver Hardy and pre-stardom Leatrice Joy -- resettled in Hollywood at the old Christie studios. West, the era's foremost Charles Chaplin imitator, plays a trombonist who somehow works his way up to bandmaster. He's leading his band at a fancy society reception when he sees Tony, an organ grinder, among the guests. Tony is pretending to be an Italian count in hopes of marrying the wealthy hostess. When Billy tries to reveal Tony's true identity, however, he is kicked out. To resolve things, Billy fetches Tony's organ and monkey and returns. The monkey runs to its owner, and the truth comes out. Billy enjoys a moment of glory before being brought down to earth by his sweetheart, the cook.