The Ton of Fun series, promoted at the time as ‘starring the three fattest men on the screen’, was launched in 1925 and ran four years. Alternatively known as The Three Fatties, they were played in order of girth by Hilliard “Fat” Karr, Kewpie Ross and Frank “Fatty” Alexander.

Ironically, comedian-turned-producer Joe Rock, who created the series, didn’t think The Three Fatties were fat enough. Frank Alexander and Kewpie Ross were actually padded far beyond their natural waistlines. Built on the premise that three fat men were funnier than one, Rock created a surprising number of outlandish situations for the trio during the series long run.