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The Good Luck of a 'Souse' (1908)

Il y a un dieu pour les ivrognes (original title)
The scene opens in the bar of a saloon, showing the various stages of intoxication of its patrons. One of the manufactured articles is much further soused than his fellows and it requires ... See full summary »

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The scene opens in the bar of a saloon, showing the various stages of intoxication of its patrons. One of the manufactured articles is much further soused than his fellows and it requires the efforts of the police, who are called in by the bartender, to get him away from the worship of Bacchus and convey him to his home, where they leave him. His wife and daughter have retired, and when he comes in they are awakened from slumber and upbraid him for his condition. This treatment infuriates the already angry man and he commences to belabor them; they try to defend themselves, but are overcome. Their puny efforts are of no avail against the strength of the madman, who ultimately throws them through the window. The outside of the house, which is undergoing repairs, is now seen, with scaffold, etc, fixed. A peddler is now seen approaching with his pack in shape of a large palmier strapped to his back. Just as he arrives under the window the daughter is seen to fall out of it, into the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Good Luck Of A Souse (1908)

aka Il y a un dieu pour les ivrognes

This film from George Melies is sadly one that's only available in fragments. The film starts off with a title card stating that a drunk man has just thrown his family out a window. We see a couple of them landing on the ground and then we go back to the room where the drunk is now trying to kill himself. Just by watching this you can tell that the film is missing some of the opening as well as some of the ending. I'm not exactly sure how much is missing but what we've got remaining is right around four-minutes worth of footage. I can't say what the complete film was like but it really doesn't appear to be anything overly special. I'm going to say that this was an attempted comedy but I thought what jokes were available here were quite flat. This includes the big suicide scene that just doesn't work and I also wasn't too impressed with the special effect of the people falling from the window. This here is certainly for Melies completest only.


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