An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »
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A conjurer with white beard and turban moves about in front of a building with an elaborate facade. He spies a golden beetle, about the size of a human infant, leaning against the wall. He ... See full summary »
A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a ... See full summary »
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »
Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he... See full summary »
Lydia De Roberti,
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 chase comedy is amusing, and it is rather interesting historically in that it has a noticeable resemblance to the Keystone Cops comedies that would not appear until a few years later.
Its premise and some of the content also bear a similarity with those of several earlier pioneering chase movies, going back at least to 1901's "Stop Thief", and it seems very possible that this feature was conceived as a more involved and entertaining version of those earlier movies.
The story starts with a bunch of bungling policemen chasing a dog, and there's not too much more to it than that. The chase has some very good moments, although it starts to run out of steam after a while. Some of the sets are a bit plain, but there are some outdoor sequences and some special camera effects that work rather well for the era.
It's a familiar idea, but it's not bad at all, and its relation to other early comedies is interesting. It's the kind of feature that is worth a look if you enjoy these very old films.
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