Pathe's Malicious Rival originally shared a reel with the same studio's Cops on Strike. In Rival, an artist's romance with a pretty country lass is endangered by the intervention of the girl's self-styled boyfriend. Pursuing the artist into the woods, the rival waylays the poor fellow and binds him to a tree. As snow begins to fall, the artist despairs, certain that he will soon freeze to death (Curiously, there is no snow anywhere else in the picture!) Before long, the helpless captive is covered in white, looking for all the world like Frosty the Snowman. He is finally rescued by a group of playful schoolchildren, whereupon he squares accounts with "the malicious rival."
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