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When the Ham Turned (1914)

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Hamo, a bad comedian, is chased out of every town. Finally he gets revenge by dressing as the police chief and going on a rampage through the town.

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Raymond McKee ...
A. Hamo
Ed Lawrence ...
The Mayor
C.W. Ritchie ...
Police Chief
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Bartender (as Babe Hardy)
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A. Hamo, tragedian, is chased out of town by the angry audience. After a long, weary walk he arrives at Slumberville, a town from which he had been chased before; but tired out and unable to walk farther, he lies down on a pile of straw to sleep. He is found by the chief of police and a detail of cops who beat him up and then throw him in jail. After ten days he is released, beaten up again and kicked out of the station house. He returns later looking for revenge and finds the chief asleep outside the station house. Hamo sneaks up and steals the chief's club and gun, beats him up and forces him out into the woods where he ties him to a tree, takes off his uniform and disguises himself as the chief. Hamo then starts out and acts like a wild man. The village, believing Hamo to be the chief, complain to the mayor and he starts out to find that wayward official. Hamo, after cleaning out a saloon, returns to the woods, soaks the chief's clothes with whiskey, puts his uniform back on him ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short

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10 October 1914 (USA)  »

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The 22 Year Old Oliver Hardy
28 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In the year that Charles Chaplin made his screen debut with the Keystone Film Company in 'Making A Living' on the 9th February 1914, Oliver Hardy (known as Babe Hardy) was earning a living by acting in one reelers such as 'When the Ham Turned'. He would have to wait until 1927 when he teamed up with Stan Laurel in the classic silent short film, 'You're Darn Tootin', before he would receive the same level of fame as Chaplin.


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