What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

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A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger.


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A well-dressed woman and her maid are riding together in a railway car. When the woman accidentally drops her handkerchief, a man sitting behind her picks it up for her. Though at first she appreciates his helpfulness, she soon becomes annoyed when he persists in making unwelcome advances. When the train enters a tunnel, the man thinks his opportunity has come - but the two women are ready for him. Written by Snow Leopard

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6 November 1903 (USA)  »

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In the Dark...
27 May 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

This film, directed by Edison stalwart Edwin S. Porter (who would go on to make The Great Train Robbery later the same year) takes place on a train carrying a white woman and her black maid and an amorous young man played by Gilbert Anderson, the future Broncho Billy. It's a typical one-scene short with a punchline designed to raise laughs from an audience of its day but which appears very tame today. This film uses one of the same techniques used in The Great Train Robbery: the passing scenery seen through the train's window. It's quite an effective special effect for it's day but there isn't really anything else of note to see in this one.

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