A squat, muscular dog steals a leg of lamb or mutton from a butcher shop, and the local constabulary, armed with truncheons, gives chase. Man's best friend, keeping a firm-jowled grip on the meat, leads the town's finest down streets, across boulevards, through a cellar and up the side of the building to a steep roof, then down again, and to his doghouse. The cops gingerly surround the place, then out bursts the canine and chases the entire force back to their station. Written by
This comedy is in many ways like watching a Keystone Kops short--though the Kops weren't yet invented for another six years! This Pathé Frères French short begins with a dog stealing a piece of meat and results in cop after cop joining the chase to nap the law-breaking pooch! It is cute how one tiny little crime results in such chaos and the mobilization of half the police force. However, the film is also a bit rough and compared to later slapstick and chase films, this isn't particularly great. However, given how early it was made, the film has tremendous historical value and Pathé deserves a lot of credit for originality.
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