Cinema: Remember the Belly Laugh?

Days of Thrills and Laughter (20th Century-Fox). Here comes Charlie Chase, natty in knickerbockers and a steamer cap. Oops! It starts to rain. No problem. Cheerful Charlie ducks under the nearest awning, buys a bumbershoot, strolls on his way. What's this? A flooded gutter? Charlie finds a plank near by, lays it over the water. Smirking triumphantly, he steps aboard, stares appalled as the board creaks, cracks, collapses, drops him into—glug! The flooded gutter turns out to be a flooded excavation.

Cheerless Charlie flounders to the opposite curb, climbs out, observes with dismay...

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