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His Bitter Pill is a 1916 parody film about cowboy life. The silent film centers on a small town sheriff (Mack Swain) whose beloved (Louella Maxam) falls for a rich east coast newcomer and villain(Edgar Kennedy). Swain's character must then try to win her back while preventing catastrophe. The twenty-minute film pokes fun at the noble and fearless pictures of cowboys portrayed in many of the silent western films which were popular at the time. The movie is especially intended to mock actor William S. Hart, who starred in some of the first cowboy films, and was an actual cowboy himself. The actors are all silent film veterans; Swain starred in many Charlie Chaplin movies, while Edgar Kennedy was successful even into the 1940s. The movie was produced by Keystone Film Company, which was founded by one of its directors, Mack Sennett, who is still remembered as the "King of Comedy".