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Midnight Disturbance (1909)

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A burglar has entered the top story of a flat by means of the lire escape, and has the misfortune to arouse the occupants. They give chase, forcing the burglar to return to the fire-escape ... See full summary »

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A burglar has entered the top story of a flat by means of the lire escape, and has the misfortune to arouse the occupants. They give chase, forcing the burglar to return to the fire-escape for an exit. Being closely pursued, the thief is compelled to enter the next window below, arousing the tenant in his hasty endeavor to get away. The pursuers are joined by the person disturbed, and the culprit is again forced to make the fire-escape. In and out the windows, on and off the fire-escape, the unfortunate burglar is pursued by the ever-increasing mob, through the hallways, knocking everyone down that comes between him and his freedom. At last his Nemesis appears in the shape of a bulldog, who follows him with a persistency that brings about his capture. A German policeman figures prominently in the picture, also a gentleman about to take a bath. The following crowd is dressed in a variety of costumes that adds greatly to the comical events. All the action takes place either in the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy The Energetic Street Cleaner (1909). See more »

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The sketch is a good one
27 July 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture from the Essanay studio which introduces the popular chase in a varied form. A burglar enters a house at night and is discovered by a woman, who chases him out at the muzzle of a revolver. He goes from floor to floor, arousing people wherever he goes, and all promptly join in following him down the fire escapes and through windows, making a very laughable ten minutes. This is the film in the rehearsals of which their comedian, Mr. Turpin, lost some of his skin while the tenacious bulldog was being trained to hold on to the seat of his pants. The sketch is a good one and gets the laughter, but is rather drawn out. and some of the scenes could have been cut down without injury to the whole. - The Moving Picture World, March 27, 1909


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