When a mysterious figure appears to cause a series of disruptions at the Frisbie Home in New York, word goes out to Scotland Yard that the Fuzz-Faced Phantom is at work. Soon, Charley ...
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From the front of a cable car, a motion picture camera records a trip down Market Street, San Francisco, California, from a point between 8th & 9th Streets, Eastward to the cable car turnaround at the Ferry Building.
Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses.
When a mysterious figure appears to cause a series of disruptions at the Frisbie Home in New York, word goes out to Scotland Yard that the Fuzz-Faced Phantom is at work. Soon, Charley MacNeesha and his assistant MacGregor are sent across the ocean to investigate. But even as they arrive at the home, a new series of weird events begins. Written by
One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the George Eastman House, has a running time of 19 minutes and an added music score. See more »
It's a darn shame that Charley Bowers is practically unknown today and that so few of his films remain. It's because his work is among the cleverest and strangest of the silent era--and there really is nothing like it. I first came in contact with his work with a wonderful DVD collection "Charley Bowers: The Rediscovery of an American Comic Genius". And, sadly, the only other film I could find that was not in this set is this one, "There It Is"--a terrific and wacky comedy if there ever was one! This film begins at a home where LOTS of strange things are occurring. The camera tricks Bowers used to make this strange things occur were outstanding and still hold up quite well today. Seeing an egg being cracked open and a full-size chicken soon materializing from it, dancing pants and all the other sight gags are very complicated and many of them were done using stop-motion--a trademark of Bowers' comedy. Anyway, in addition to these oddities, a very odd looking bald man keeps appearing and disappearing and doing lots of strange things. It's all a visual treat for the audience, but the Frisbie family is scared, so they contact Scotland Yard--which is odd, since they live in America! Regardless, a kilted Bowers soon arrives and tries to get the bottom of these weird happenings. He is totally inept and at his wits end when the punchline appears--and I don't think I should say any more.
The bottom line is that this is a one of a kind visual treat--funny, strange and well worth seeing. And, it's ample proof that they made some great silent comedies and that Bowers was a master.
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