It's a simple start to a whole lot of trouble, a clock salesman sets out from the store with his stock in a bag. A tramp steals the goods while the salesman is waiting for a car and makes ... See full summary »
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It's a simple start to a whole lot of trouble, a clock salesman sets out from the store with his stock in a bag. A tramp steals the goods while the salesman is waiting for a car and makes off with his plunder. He is tickled at the thought of winning a prize, but the ticking of the clocks suggests the workings of an infernal machine and the tramp is so scared that he almost is willing to go to work. He enlists the aid of a police officer and the latter decides to arrest the bag and take it to the station house. It does not take long for the to get around and soon there is a crowd following, enjoying the thrills that come with the thought that any moment something may happen that will leave only a large hole as a souvenir of their late residence on earth. At the station house the sergeant is no more willing to welcome the terrible instrument of destruction and advises the man to take it out in the back yard and open it to see what it contains. The policeman has a large family and a sick... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 August 1910 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with The Dream Pill (1910). See more »

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The humor in this picture is contagious
19 August 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Imagination is often responsible for a good many things that provide plenty of thrills, but are not so. Here is a clock salesman's grip, containing samples. A tramp steals and when he hears the ticking inside imagines it contains an infernal machine. It is passed along to the police and they handle it very discreetly, each preferring that the next fellow should be the one to investigate its contents. Fortunately the salesman comes in to report the theft of his samples and the excitement ceases when so common a thing as a clock is exposed to view. The humor in this picture is contagious and it becomes funnier every minute, as the film runs. - The Moving Picture World, September 17, 1910


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