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What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

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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Что случилось в туннеле  »

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Unintentional groundbreaker.
12 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Made the same year as The Great Train Robbery Edwin S. Porter re-boards in this one minute, one chuckle rail ride that pre-dates the erroneous breaking of a social taboo by half a century.

A woman and her maid are riding coach when she drops her handkerchief. A young rake (played by the future Broncho Billy) does her the courtesy of retrieving it but then pesters her further. The man remains persistent, the woman annoyed, the maid amused as they disappear into the darkness of a tunnel.

Porter employs his GTR matte shot technique to an impressive degree as well as create the trains feeling of movement and transition into and out of the tunnel. His players are well defined and the punch line subversively humorous, provocative and perhaps insensitive were it not that the offended have the last laugh.


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