Gus and the Anarchists (1915)
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Gus falls in love with Rosy, the cashier at the cafe. Rosy plans to play a trick on him, and tells him he must prove himself to her by joining her band of anarchists, who are really her coworkers in disguise. At the anarchists' hideout Gus learns he must commit a murder. Before he can act a group of fake cops raid the building.
Gus Goober falls in love with Rosy Heintz, a cashier recently hired by Tom Dreck, proprietor of a very sloppy café. Rosy, however, does not return his love. So engrossed is Gus in watching Rosy that he spills a lot of food on a customer's head. For this Dreck fires him, but Rosy pleads with Dreck to take Gus back, promising to cure Gus of his love for her. Dreck consents, and she unfolds her plan to the waiters. Dreck falls eagerly into the scheme and agrees to let them have the use of an old house for the purpose. He informs them that he has a lot of costumes and wigs left by some stranded actors. The plan is put into action and Rosy sends Gus a letter telling him that before he can hope to secure her love, he must first join the band of anarchists of which she is the leader. Gus, wild with joy, calls upon her, but his ardor is dampened when he sees the fierce-looking anarchists. They lead him to the old house where Dreck has hung up a sign, "The Suicide Club." Gus is considerably shaken but is nevertheless sworn in as a member of the band. But when Dreck tells Gus that, after he has killed his man he can select whatever mode of committing suicide he wishes, showing him a pistol, a rope and a bottle of chloroform, Gus is ready to run. At this moment several of the other waiters dressed up as cops burst into the room and all run pell-mell out the rear entrance. The cops give chase and shots are exchanged. Gus, crazy with fright, takes to his heels followed by the rest, who make things lively for him by shooting. He finally takes refuge in his home and the others retire laughing heartily. Next morning in the café Gus, now thoroughly cured of his love for Rosy, waits on customers with celerity and dispatch amid the winks and silent laughter of the waiters, Rosy and Dreck.
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