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The Schemers (I) (1916)

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Plump and Runt are rivals in business and in love. Runt wins the heart of Elsie, but Plump catches the eye of a pretty stenographer, and foils Runt's plan to ruin a real estate deal.


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Cast overview:
Plump (as Babe Hardy)
Billy Ruge ...
Elsie MacLeod ...
Florence McLaughlin ...
Stenographer (as Florence McLoughlin)


Plump was a young man. His thoughts were of love, also of his spring, for it that was to bring him a fortune. Runt, his rival, thought otherwise. Elsie the object of their affections, was undecided, and so the story opens. First she bestowed her favors on Plump, then on Runt. The spring on Plump's farm is known to possess valuable mineral qualities and a larger offer is made to Plump to sell. He leaves for the city to escort the financier over his property and during his absence, Runt persuades the fickle Elsie to marry him. Accompanied by his pretty stenographer, the promoter arrives at the farm, where poor Plump learns of his rival's wedding. However, the blow is softened by the little stenographer's sympathy. Not satisfied with winning Elsie, Runt plans to ruin the spring. Plump is on the point of accepting the cash, when the stenographer discovers that it is an oil well and whispers to Plump to double his price. This he does and once more virtue triumphs over villainy. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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1 June 1916 (USA)  »

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The 24 Year Old Oliver Hardy
29 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In the year when Charles Chaplin signed up with Mutual Films to write, direct, produce and act in his own two reelers, Oliver Hardy earned his living by acting in one reelers such as 'The Schemers'. He would have to wait until 1927 when he teamed up with Stan Laurel in the silent classic short film, 'You're Darn Tootin', before he would receive the same level of fame as Chaplin.

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