The Speed Kings (1915)

Run Time - 11 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Not to be confused with the 1913 Keystone film starring Mabel Normand and Ford Sterling, this one-reel comedy features Walter Stull and Bobby Burns as Vim duo Pokes and Jabbs. The short begins with Pokes and Jabbs playing a game of golf. Pokes loses sight of his ball and is hit by a flivver while trying to find it. He demands payment for damages, and, with nothing else to give, the driver hands over the car. Pokes and Jabbs take the rickety auto for a drive and it inspires them to get a real car. They are waylaid by a pair of carjackers, 1915 style, who drive off and leave them stranded in the country. When Pokes and Jabbs ask for help at a nearby farm, they are mistakenly believed to be the carjackers themselves and are arrested. Meanwhile, their wives, seeing the car sitting outside a saloon, huffily sit in it and wait for their reprobate husbands to emerge. Instead, the bandits come out and they have a much harder time getting rid of the women than they did their husbands. The melee ends in the carjackers being arrested and the husbands freed. Featured in a bit part is Oliver Hardy, who, at the time, was one of Vim's regular players.