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The Hobo (1917)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  1 November 1917 (USA)
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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy West ...
The Hobo
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Harold (as Babe Hardy)
Leo White ...
Mr. Fox
Bud Ross ...
(as Budd Ross)
Virginia Clark ...
Dolly
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Harry Naughton ...
Brakeman
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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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1 November 1917 (USA)  »

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Goofs

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

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

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Don't expect Chaplin, you'll enjoy it.
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When watching a Billy West short, I've found that the best way to enjoy the film is not to compare him to the early Charlie Chaplin. This is very difficult, as he is trying to imitate Chaplin almost to the most minute of moves, but… Keeping this in mind (or out of mind), "The Hobo" is a fun little film.

It really doesn't add up, of course. For instance, West is, sight almost unseen, entrusted with selling train tickets and running an eatery, but you don't watch these things to see real life. In 1917, it was an escape; so it should be today.

If West had been the original and only tramp, it would have been an okay character. (Not a crucial aspect of filmed comedy, to be certain, but an amusement.) This film is made special by a fresh-faced Babe Hardy, though. His timing is very good, and it is fun to watch the man eat in this film.

If you enjoy silent comedy in the Music Hall tradition, and if you don't go into this expecting Chaplin (or the later Oliver Hardy, for that matter), you ought to like this one.


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