An old maid is walking about the studio while the photographer is getting his camera ready. She first looks at a hanger, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand her ...
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An old maid is walking about the studio while the photographer is getting his camera ready. She first looks at a hanger, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand her gaze. Then she looks at the clock, and her face causes it to fall to the floor with a crash. She then walks over to the mirror, which suddenly cracks in several places. The photographer then poses her. Just as he is to press the button the camera explodes with a great puff of smoke, completely destroying the camera and demolishing the studio. The picture finishes up with the old maid tipping back in her chair and losing her balance, displaying a large quantity of fancy lace goods. A sure winner. Written by
The Old Maid supposedly falls back on her seat as a result of the photographer's camera exploding. However it appears that she falls back on her seat about one second prior to the camera exploding. See more »
The old gag that serves as the premise for this movie was probably a bit stale even at the time. It is, though, more than just a one-shot movie, since it offers a short series of developments that vary the basic idea a little bit each time.
The idea is that the face of the "Old Maid" is so unappealing that even inanimate objects demonstrate their displeasure, as in the old jokes that start something like, "he was so ugly that ". Even before the finale, when her photograph is taken, she has several reminders of this.
It's honestly not really very funny, but at least it is not as mean-spirited as it could have been. It might have been noticeably better with a little more careful planning of the stop-action effects, which don't flow very smoothly, though some allowances also have to be made for it being a pioneering effort in that direction. It's always good to be generous in evaluating these very old movies, but this one just isn't all that good.
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