An early short Stan Laurel made for Joe Rock a few years before he hooked up with Oliver Hardy, this half-baked comedy is fairly typical of the sort of material Laurel was producing back then. This one's a parody of Sherlock Holmes with Stan playing Webster Dingle, a hapless private eye complete with an over-sized pipe and equally over-sized checks on his jacket. He dresses up as a maid in this one to entrap a philandering husband. Amongst the dross there is one genuinely funny moment when the visitor he has been trying to impress by holding an imaginary conversation on the phone turns out to be the phone engineer come to connect him and one mildly amusing sequence when he follows his own footsteps in the house of his target. The quality of the print that I saw was bad enough to hurt the eyes.
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