The Hobo (1917)

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Billy is a hobo who hangs around the train station. He creates disruption in the ticket office, at the lunch counter, and in the lives of some of the customers.


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Credited cast:
Billy West ...
The Hobo
Harold (as Babe Hardy)
Leo White ...
Mr. Fox
Bud Ross ...
(as Budd Ross)
Virginia Clark ...
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Harry Naughton ...


A tramp who has been hiding underneath a railroad car wakes up while the train is stopped, and follows a pretty girl into the train station. When he flirts with her, the girl's boyfriend becomes angry and provokes a series of confrontations with the tramp. When things calm down, the tramp winds up working at the station's lunch counter, where he soon runs into some new predicaments. Written by Snow Leopard

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tramp | train | car | pancake | food fight | See All (7) »


Comedy | Short





Release Date:

1 November 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Station Master  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Babe Hardy's gag of eating a long link of sausages in one sitting have obvious stops and starts throughout. See more »


Edited into The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy (1967) See more »

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Not bad and interesting to see how well Billy West ripped off Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character
3 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Because Charlie Chaplin was such a huge star in the 1914-1920 time period, there were many shameless imitators that simply stole his "Little Tramp" character and tried to fool audiences. Some of them were obviously not the original--they looked only superficially like him and the films just weren't all that funny. However, Billy West was probably the best of the lot, as unless you know what you are watching, it's probable that you'd think this IS a Chaplin film. Plus, compared to Chaplin films of 1916-1917, this one compares rather favorably and is much funnier than most of the earliest Little Tramp films from Chaplin.

In this film, like in Chaplin's, Billy is out of work and prone to slapping around the bad guys (in this case, Oliver Hardy) but deep down is a nice guy. He also agrees to help out a guy who works the lunch counter and this provides a few laughs. Plus, in these scenes it's amazing to watch Oliver Hardy eat--he is a total pig and you just have to see it to believe it.

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