The Fat Man's Burden (1914)

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John White is a mountain of a man, and becomes greatly troubled when he finds that, despite all effort, he gets fatter instead of thinner. Finally he gets hold of a book on health culture and reads that, "rapid rolling on the floor for thirty consecutive minutes each day will reduce the flesh thirty pounds per mouth." This sounds so good to him that he at once proceeds to put the idea into practice. With difficulty he places his huge bulk on the floor and ponderously rolls from one side of the room to the other. While he is engaged in this strenuous exercise, in the parlor below, Doris is entertaining her sweetheart. All of a sudden the chandelier begins to dance and the ceiling shakes, while strange noises assail their ears. In alarm they rush upstairs and standing outside of Mr. White's door, hear the grunting and puffing mingled with groans, since Mr. White finds the exercise to be by no means easy or painless. Doris rushes to the 'phone and asks Dr. Philbin to come at once, since she feels that her father is either seriously ill or crazy. The doctor arrives and together they all enter the room and the secret is disclosed. They cannot control their mirth and the indignant Mr. White, seeing young Pullman doubled up with laughter, sternly forbids him from marrying his daughter. How Ernest later traps Mr. White into giving his consent to the marriage, and removed much of the surplus avoirdupois, makes an amusing end to a good comedy. Written By Moving Picture World synopsis  Less

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