The Candy Kid (1917)

  |  Comedy, Short


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15 August 2018 | boblipton
| Capitalism at Work
When Ethel Cassity quits his candy parlor to go work at Oliver Hardy's competing establishment, Leo White hires Billy West to blow up up his rival's shop.

Billy West was the most successful of the Chaplin imitators, and here he is, doing Chaplin from Keystone. While he had the mannerisms and gags down to a T, West always wound up doing Chaplin from a few years earlier, while Chaplin kept on refining and expanding his character. In his efforts, West liked hire Chaplin's old collaborators like White and other comics, like the young Hardy to play the big nasty foil whom Eric Campbell was to Charley.

Such was the overwhelming success of Chaplin and the demand for more Chaplin pictures than the real one could provide, that there were half a dozen imitators. Billy had some real talent, but it wasn't until the early 1920s that he struck out on his own and developed his own comic persona. Still, movies like this one were funny and popular.

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