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An upper class drawing room. A gentleman breaks the curtain pole and goes in search of a replacement, but he stops into a pub first. He buys a very long pole, and causes havoc everywhere he passes, accumulating an ever-growing entourage chasing him, until he escapes them through a bit of movie magic, only to discover that the pole has already been replaced. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The Start of the Chase
5 May 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Curtain Pole (1909)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Screwball comedy from D.W. Griffith has a fool (Mack Sennett) trying to help hang a curtain pole but of course he ends up breaking it. The man then sets out to redeem himself by getting a new pole but of course this doesn't turn out to be an easy job.

THE CURTAIN POLE certainly isn't one of the director's best shorts at Biograph but there are enough interesting things in it to make it worth viewing. The most interesting thing is of course Sennett who was getting to be an actor here, years before turning to producing and directing. For the most part he does a nice job in the role but the highlights are the cinematography that perfectly captures the various madness that happens. Griffith's direction is another major plus because there really weren't too many examples of the "chase" film and there's an extremely long one here, which obviously Sennett would use years later in his Keystone films. The case sequence doesn't contain a great number of laughs but it's certainly put together extremely well.


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