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Silent Sunday Nights - January 2014
Remind Me

Fatty's Chance Acquaintance

In this short, filmed under the clever title Fatty's Wife's Husband, Fatty's battleax wife Billie Bennett is the unwitting victim of a purse snatching. Meanwhile, her husband has started flirting with Minta Durfee, the girlfriend of the thief. Into this explosive situation comes an entirely unhelpful Kop, Frank Hayes, who offers plenty of exaggerated double-takes but precious little in the way of effective law enforcement.

Recently seen playing Minta Durfee's mother in Leading Lizzie Astray, Billie Bennett was an experienced actress, with fifteen years on the stage to her credit. She would eventually work for practically ever comedy outfit in the movie business, and was cast in Ernst Lubitsch's breakout comedy Lady Windemere's Fan in 1925.

By David Kalat