Cast & Crew
Harry Watson Jr.
Gloom pervades the kingdom of Blunderland because the royal child longs to see the world. After a ceremony in which the king and queen rollerskate to the throne, the fairy tramp appears and sends the royal child into the wicked world. Dippy Mary gives the child, now a tramp known as Musty Suffer, a mansion where he bathes in beer and is cuddled by six beautiful women, but when Mary serenades him with a German band, he throws himself out of the window and lands in a military ambulance. Musty is taken to prison and, because he refuses to drink water, is ordered to be shot; but he stops several cannon balls with his chest and escapes through rubber bars. After the fairy tramp returns Musty to the mansion, Musty is abducted by burglars who force him to fight champion Willie Work. Although Willie beats Musty unmercifully, they set off together in search of adventure. At a barber shop, hair restorer is put on Musty's face. In a saloon, Musty's new beard gets saturated with gasoline and an explosion rids him of his whiskers. After other adventures, Musty wishes to be sent back to the palace. The fairy tramp accomplishes this and Musty becomes the royal child again.
According to a synopsis in the copyright files, the film's title was Keep Moving! There was a trade showing of this film in New York on November 14, 1915. Reviewers remarked on the daring and achievement in making a slapstick comedy of this length, however no information has been located to determine that the film was ever released in this five reel version. A series of ten one reel comedies called The Mishaps of Musty Suffer was released in 1916. This series included some of the material in the five reel film, in addition to other material. Keep Moving was also the title of the second installment of the ten-part series. A series of thirteen parts also entitled The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, was released later in 1916. The Essanay Film Mfg. Co. produced a third series entitled The Mishaps of Musty Suffer starring Harry Watson, Jr., in 1917. Bickel and Watson were a vaudeville team, as were cast members Crimmons and Gore. This film was shot in the George Kleine studio in the Bronx, NY.