Herr Müller needs to travel across town, but he runs into difficulties because he cannot understand English.



(as Henry W. Otto)


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Cast overview:
Herr Franz Müller
Ida Williams ...
The Woman with the Transfer (as Mrs. C.J. Williams)
A German Passer-by
Edward O'Connor ...
The Irish Conductor


Herr Müller, recently arrived from Germany, cannot speak English, and he needs to travel across town. A German passer-by helps him to find the streetcar that he needs to take, and writes a note that will tell the conductor where Müller needs to go. After he gets on board the streetcar, the conductor reads the note and gives Müller the cross-town transfer that he will need. To help him find the next car, the conductor motions to him to follow a female passenger who has the same transfer. But when the woman decides to do some shopping before taking the cross-town car, Müller quickly finds himself in confusion and difficulty. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short





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26 February 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the documentary The Newest Method of Coaling Battleships at Sea (1913). See more »


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A Creative & Nicely-Paced Short Comedy
23 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This amusing short comedy is creative and nicely paced. Director C. Jay Williams had a nice touch for the one-reel comedies of this kind that were common to the era. His style is not flashy, but the stories can be pretty creative, and he has a very good sense of timing in his story-telling.

The story follows a German immigrant who cannot speak English, and who as a result gets into all kinds of difficulties just trying to get across town by streetcar. Herr Müller's predicament is treated as an amusing situation full of comic possibilities, but at the same time the good-natured but helpless German is portrayed sympathetically, and there is something of an implicit suggestion that viewers ought to be sensitive to anyone with similar problems whom they might happen to meet.

The Henry Otto scenario is pretty clever in getting a lot out of the possibilities without ever seeming forced or labored. The cast (which includes Williams's wife) does a very nice job in remaining lively throughout the story without ever exaggerating too much. The story features some light but funny turns, and it is enjoyable to watch.

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