About a half dozen passengers, a clergyman, a captain and boson are aboard a sea tossed vessel. As it lurches several of the passengers are sea-sick and throwing up into bowls held by other... See full summary »
Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring... See full summary »
A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted by odd happenings when he gets to his room--beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles ... See full summary »
In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box, into which he leaps. The sides of the box fall to the ... See full summary »
An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »
A man stands in front of a backdrop painted with a nature scene. From a fan, he conjures a costume, then a woman appears inside it. An assistant carries in a mannequin; they dress her and ... See full summary »
The background of this picture represents a scene along the beautiful river Seine in Paris. A gentleman enters, and taking a blackboard from the side of the picture, he draws on it a sketch... See full summary »
Georges Melies comedy has an armed guard protecting a wall, which has a sign in front of it saying that no one is allowed to hang any bills. Of course, two idiots come along to break the rule and end up fighting each other. This "comedy" really doesn't have any real laughs so it's going to be of main interest to fans of Melies. The director, best known for A TRIP TO THE MOON and his "trick" films, made quite a few comedies but in a way it's easy to see why he isn't known for them. For the most part this thing is pleasant enough and since it runs under two-minutes there's really no dead space. I think the comic timing of the two main characters are really lacking as they never really sell the joke but to be fair to them the joke itself really isn't that funny to begin with.
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