The Kidnapped Bride (1914)

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This split-reel comedy takes up where A Brewerytown Romance leaves off. In fact, they may have just been halves of one film, and split apart by Lubin to make a better profit. Lena Krautheimer (Eva Bell) and her cop sweetheart, Daniel Cassidy (Oliver Hardy), are about to be married. Lena's two former suitors, once rivals, now friends (Raymond McKee and Frank Griffin, who also directed), are determined to put a halt to the proceedings. They start a fight at the wedding party, and when the cops try to put a halt to it, they grab the couple's carriage, kick out Cassidy, and make off with Lena. Cassidy and the other cops chase after them. Everyone arrives at the church as the rivals are fighting over who gets to marry Lena. Lena knocks the winner unconscious and falls into Cassidy's arms. Hardy had only been with Lubin for a couple of months when he made this film, and his talent must have been obvious, since his roles were getting progressively larger in just a few weeks' time.