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When his uncle arrives for a visit, Plump has to find a wife and baby in a hurry. With the help of his friend, Runt, soon there are wives and babies everywhere.

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Unhappy Boarder
Joe Cohen
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Plump, a bachelor wastrel who drinks too much and sleeps until noon, learns that his uncle, who thinks Plump is married with a baby, will arrive for a visit in two hours. He throws cash at the building's errand "boy," a small man who goes about grabbing or renting small children from their mothers then bribing various women to pose as Plump's wife. As Uncle John's arrival nears, Plump in desperation swaddles the errand boy and puts him in the crib. With various infants and women coming in and out, and several men looking for their lost babies or lost wives, will Plump pull off his deception? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 February 1916 (USA)  »

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The very young Oliver Hardy in a very weak comedy
6 January 2002 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

When the folks at Kino Video assembled their fine "Slapstick Encyclopedia" collection, a multi-cassette selection of silent comedies, someone decided to kick off the first installment with One Too Many, an obscure one-reel farce made in Florida in 1916, which stars the very young Oliver Hardy. As enjoyable as the set is over all, this decision was an unfortunate one, for One Too Many is a slapdash film, so poorly made that it might discourage some viewers from watching further. The story contains several classic ingredients of farce: characters driven by by greed, elaborate deception, panic when plans go awry, and complications escalating to the point of absurdity, etc. Unlike the good ones, however, One Too Many is incoherent, unfunny, and ultimately annoying. It's hard to tell at this point whether the hopelessly confusing plot is the result of missing footage or inept film-making, but whatever the cause, by the halfway point even the most attentive viewer has no idea what the character relationships are, or what precisely is happening, and by the end one no longer cares.

The only point of interest here is seeing the 24 year-old "Babe" Hardy, who appears considerably heavier than he would a decade later when he teamed with Stan Laurel, but who is nonetheless full of youthful energy. In the opening scene, awakening with a hangover, Babe performs a highly athletic backward roll off a bed. Trust me, that's as funny as this movie gets. If you read this before seeing the first cassette of Kino's "Slapstick Encyclopedia," I suggest you fast-forward past this misfire and skip to the good stuff.


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