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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Why just copy Chaplin?

Billy West obviously had some ability, so why did he just copy Charlie Chaplin?

West's "little tramp" did not have anything to add. It was just a Chaplin-esque character in a Chaplin-esque situation.

There was hardly a story, just a setting for some characters and sudden fights and complications with no real motivation, and no real character building.

The tramp suddenly, with no training, takes over the running of the train depot.

As I said, it was all just senseless situations to enable the would-be funny action.

Alas, it wasn't really that funny.

"The Hobo" is available at YouTube and someone has gone to quite a bit of trouble to upload the video and to provide a nice sound-track.

It's by no means great comedy, although it's pretty good mimicry of Chaplin. And it's an early look at Babe Hardy, so anyone interested in movie history really ought to take a look.

It's fun, but probably worth seeing only once.

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