Gussle (Syd Chaplin) comes home with a cute little dog but doesn't want the wife to see it--leading up to a rather funny bit you'll have to see for yourself. The marriage, at first, seems ideal and Gussle and his wife seem devoted. However, it soon seems that this is an act for Syd and it's obvious he's quite the philanderer. Eventually, the wife catches on and sets out to catch him--leading to a rather cute and unexpected ending.
In 1915, Keystone's brightest young star (Charlie Chaplin) was leaving the studio. However, at the same time, Charlie's half-brother, Syd, remained at the studio and made a few films. Oddly, while I have enjoyed all the Syd Chaplin films I have seen, he never seemed to catch on in films and his career never came close to Charlie's.
While GUSSLE'S WAYWARD PATH is certainly not a great film, for 1915 it was pretty good and rather typical of the type film Charlie had been making. Syd's persona was rather reminiscent of Charlie's "Little Tramp", but also unique enough that it isn't an obvious knockoff (like Billy West's).
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