The Worst of Friends (1916)

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The Broadway comedy team of Joe Weber and Lew Fields were never happy with their contract at Mack Sennett's Keystone studios, but they did whatever they were told, even at great risk of life and limb. In the 2-reel comedy The Worst of Friends, Weber plays the sponging brother-in-law of hard-working janitor Fields. After making a thorough pest of himself, Weber manages to entangle Fields in a compromising situation with the beautiful blonde living next door. Somehow this all ends up with a brouhaha at a swimming pool, with the famous Keystone bathing beauties all in attendance. The best scene in this otherwise unexceptional film was Lew Fields' famous "barber's revenge" routine, which he repeated years later with Fred Astaire in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.