A lad from a butcher shop is carrying a tray laden with a roast or a leg of lamb. A hobo grabs it and runs. The boy gives chase, joined by dogs, as neighbors watch the spectacle. The hobo ... See full summary »

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A lad from a butcher shop is carrying a tray laden with a roast or a leg of lamb. A hobo grabs it and runs. The boy gives chase, joined by dogs, as neighbors watch the spectacle. The hobo jumps into a large rain barrel, followed by the dogs. The boy arrives on the scene and pulls out the dogs, one at a time, until he reaches the bottom of the barrel. He's in for a surprise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Funny but with a weak (or no) ending
27 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film on a DVD that was rammed with short films from the period. I didn't watch all of them as the main problem with these type of things that their value is more in their historical novelty value rather than entertainment. So to watch them you do need to be put in the correct context so that you can keep this in mind and not watch it with modern eyes. With the Primitives & Pioneers DVD collection though you get nothing to help you out, literally the films are played one after the other (the main menu option is "play all") for several hours. With this it is hard to understand their relevance and as an educational tool it falls down as it leaves the viewer to fend for themselves, which I'm sure is fine for some viewers but certainly not the majority. What it means is that the DVD saves you searching the web for the films individually by putting them all in one place – but that's about it.

This film starts out as a robbery with a chase but I was immediately amused to see the butcher's lad chasing the hobo being joined in the hunt by loads of dogs all after the meat for their own reasons! It is a comic scenario that I have seen since but not before this film. This inventive humour continues as the edit allows dog after dog to pile into a barrel after the hiding hobo and I found it quite tickling. Just a same then that there isn't really any punch line or conclusion to speak of. If there had been then this would have made more of an impression on me than it did, although I did still find it amusing.


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