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That Fatal Sneeze (1907)

As an older man and a youth are eating at the table, the older man decides to amuse himself by using pepper to make the boy sneeze. Later, the boy retaliates by sneaking into the older ... See full summary »

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As an older man and a youth are eating at the table, the older man decides to amuse himself by using pepper to make the boy sneeze. Later, the boy retaliates by sneaking into the older man's room and putting pepper in his handkerchief, hairbrush, and clothing. But things quickly get out of hand when the sneezing that results begins to disrupt the whole town. Written by Snow Leopard

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Hilarious, and that is what counts.
22 October 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Early special effects film that borrows a lot from Georges Melies and uses gags that comedians like the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy were still finding worthwhile 30 years later. At dinner an elderly man laces the food of a young boy with pepper, unleashing a barrage of sneezes which the old fellow finds quite funny. That night the boy enters the old man's room and puts a large supply of pepper on his handkerchief, in his hat, and other places and just waits for morning. (I sure hope this pair is just uncle and nephew. I would hate to think father and son played such pranks on each other. Then again maybe I should repeat to myself "It's just a show, you should really just relax.") The next day the man discovers he is plagued with uncontrollable sneezes which turn out to be very destructive! One good "ah-choo" destroys a storefront, another blows a woman's hair off, another causes a mild earthquake (accomplished by rocking the camera back and forth) and so on. It is not long before an angry crowd of merchants and passers-by are chasing the man. Meanwhile the boy follows closely waving the pepper shaker and having the time of his life. How does it end? Take the title literally! If you want to see other comics milking sneeze gags just watch the Marx Brothers in AT THE CIRCUS (1939) when Harpo's sneeze demolishes the inside of a caravan. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy explored the dangers of uncontrolled sneezes in some of their 2-reelers as well. This is a great example of early special effects and comedy and almost a century later it is still hilarious.


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