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A Versatile Villain (1915)

After being falsely accused of theft, Pete, the station master's assistant, rescues his girlfriend from the genuine villain, marauding crook Desperate Dan.

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... Pete - Assistant Baggage Clerk
... The Sheriff's Daughter
Harry Bernard ... Chief Baggage Clerk
William Sheer ... Desperate Dan
... The Sheriff
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After being falsely accused of theft, Pete, the station master's assistant, rescues his girlfriend from the genuine villain, marauding crook Desperate Dan.

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29 May 1915 (USA)  »

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Certainly not among Charley's best but it's well worth seeing.
26 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is an early Charley Chase comedy--one that he made for Keystone before he became famous. In many ways, he's a very different character from his later Jimmy Jump or the character he made famous with Hal Roach Studios.

"A Versatile Villain" finds Charley being the assistant to the station master for the railway. During the course of their day, a wanted criminal happens upon the station and creates a lot of chaos. His initial scene where Charley is doing magic for his co-workers is pretty clever. Later, when this crook tries to run off with the girl, Charley is uncharacteristically macho and beats the guy senseless--only to have the guy somehow manage to come back again and again.

For the most part, this one is interesting but short on actual comedy. It's more like an early melodrama with comedic elements. Not bad for 1915 but a far cry from Charley's better work of the 1920s.


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