A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a ...
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A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a raid. The women become shop girls and customers, the men become clerks and shoppers. The craps table becomes a long counter. The police do raid the joint, and the nearly-instantaneous conversion into a dry goods store covers all the evidence. The police leave in dismay and disgust. But will they be back? What is their real motive? Written by
I've always found this to be one of the weaker Melies films out there even though it's still got a fair number of fans. The film takes place inside a gambling house that can quickly be turned into a clothing store whenever the police are about to enter. Seeing how the set was built in order to change like it does is clever the first time you see it but then it just keeps on happening and to me it's never really funny or fresh. I doubt this was the first time the trick gambling house was done so I can't even give this film points for that. The entire technique behind the changing of the room is nice but that's about it.
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