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A Tricky Painter's Fate (1908)

A car appears at the station and a number of passengers are seen leaving it. A painter comes to the station and enters the car. He tries to deceive the train conductor as to the number of ... See full summary »

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A car appears at the station and a number of passengers are seen leaving it. A painter comes to the station and enters the car. He tries to deceive the train conductor as to the number of passengers who are in the train, by putting pictures of various figures in the windows. His idea for doing this is to have the car to himself. The station master, who has been approached by the angry passengers, makes his way into the car to ascertain the facts for himself. He finds that the car is only occupied by the artist with his paraphernalia. He throws him out of the car with all his belongings and flings the paintings on his head, leaving the painter entangled in a mass of picture frames and torn canvasses. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 September 1908 (USA)  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with Not Guilty (1908). See more »

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Lesser Melies
20 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

A Tricky Painter's Fate (1908)

** (out of 4)

Here's another mediocre film from George Melies, one of many that was happening around this time in his career. What we basically have here is a train setting where a painter starts to put poster like things on windows and I won't ruin the rest for those who actually might want to see it. I've been saying this a lot on this later day Melies films, this here is certainly far from a bad movie but at the same time it's easy to see that the director's best films were years earlier. Perhaps had your average Joe Smith made this movie then one wouldn't be so disappointed but there's no getting around the fact that this is the legendary Melies and the quality just isn't there. The tricks don't work nor does any of the comedy. Thankfully it clocks in at just five-minutes or else it probably would have been worse.


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