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Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

 -  Short | Fantasy  -  February 1906 (USA)
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The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.


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Jack Brawn ...
The Rarebit Fiend (as John P. Brawn)


Adapted from Winsor McCay's films and comics of the period, this film follows the established theme: the "Rarebit Fiend" gorges himself on rarebit and thus suffers spectacular hallucinatory dreams. Written by Carl J. Youngdahl <>

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rarebit | bed | dream | beer | devil | See more »


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Based on the comic strip of the same name by Winsor McKay. This was the Edison Company's most popular film release in 1906, selling 192 copies during the year. See more »


Referenced in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989) See more »

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I've had nights like that...
19 June 2009 | by ( – See all my reviews

This an inventive little number from Edwin S. Porter, film pioneer and director of the groundbreaking The Great Train Robbery who, after 15 or so years in the business, just seemed to fade away. This adaptation of a Winsor Mckay cartoon is wildly inventive for its time as it follows a gluttonous drunk home from a night on the town and eavesdrops on his dreams. Porter captures the giddy drunkenness of our hero by superimposing his antics over a speeded up panning shot and it's a technique that works incredibly well. He also shows us tiny little imps standing on the headboard of the poor guy's head and jabbing him with their pitchforks before the bed turns into a bucking bronco and flies out of the bedroom window to embark on a flight over the city. This is good stuff.

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