The Serenade (1916)

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In this Plump (Oliver Hardy) and Runt (Billy Ruge) comedy, the duo is part of a band. They are both in love with Florence (Florence McLoughlin), the daughter of Schmitte, the conductor (Billy Bletcher). Florence doesn't really care for either of them -- her sweetheart is someone else altogether -- but she toys with them for fun. One of the band's gigs is at a saloon, where the barkeeper offers to fill the musicians' instruments with beer. Plump, who plays bass horn, quite likes this idea, while Runt, who plays the clarinet, is not so happy. Runt gets the band to go with him to serenade Florence at the boarding house -- except for Plump. But Plump follows and he and Runt battle it out. Florence, meanwhile, is spending time with her real sweetheart. An angry boarder pours water down Plump's horn and he blows it out, drenching Florence, her father, and her sweetheart. When Plump and Runt realize that they're being played for fools, they end their rivalry and become friends once again. Incidentally, when Hardy teamed up with Stan Laurel many years later, they made a film, You're Darn Tootin', in which Hardy played horn and Laurel played clarinet.