After a misbegotten attempt to produce his own films, comedian Fred Mace returned to his old Keystone stamping grounds, where he starred in such two-reelers as An Oily Scoundrel. Cast as usual as a dimwitted station agent, Mace is hoodwinked by a pair of city slickers into buying a worthless oil field. When the property unexpectedly yields a gusher, the two sharpsters resorts to all sorts of skullduggery to force Mace out of the picture. What follows is an every-man-for-himself Keystone chase, incorporating planes, trains, and automobiles. An Oily Scoundrel was released March 26, 1916, in tandem with another Keystone laff riot, By Stork Delivery.
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