One of Al Christies more bizarre additions to his studio was eccentric dancer and vaudeville comedian, Billy Dooley. Sort of a lanky Harry Langdon, Dooley was extremely limber, and capable of any number of pratfalls.
A sailor’s suit was part of Dooley’s screen persona and worn in nearly all the Christie shorts. The titles of the comedies accurately defined Dooley’s character: A BRINY BOOB, A MISFIT SAILOR, THE GOOFY GOB.
Billy Dooley’s weirdness and wild slapstick were actually closer to Mack Sennett’s style of comedy than Christies’. The series thrived four years until 1929.