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The Runaway Horse (1908)

Le cheval emballé (original title)
A laundry man parks his horse-drawn cart to make a delivery. While he is inside, his horse sees a bag of oats and starts to eat them. By the time the man comes back outside, the horse has ... See full summary »

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A laundry man parks his horse-drawn cart to make a delivery. While he is inside, his horse sees a bag of oats and starts to eat them. By the time the man comes back outside, the horse has eaten a whole bag of oats, and has so much energy that he begins to race out of control. Written by Snow Leopard

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8 February 1908 (USA)  »

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The horse at the beginning and end of the movie has four white socks, but in the section beginning with the horse backing up, only one. See more »

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Remade as The Curtain Pole (1909) See more »

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OK but not that strong in regards the comedy or historical relevancy
21 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A deliveryman leaves his horse and cart out in the street while he goes inside to make a delivery. However the horse is hungry and eats his way through an entire bag of oats that was left outside the building for sale. What damage can that do wonders the man and it is not long before he finds the answer to his own question! A simple comedy perhaps but a typical example of the Pathé silent short films doing what they did best – pushing the average higher. In this regard they yet again produce a narrative that spreads over several scenes and several sets. At their best, the company expanded narratives over longer than average films but in this case it is for an extended comedy sketch. The slapstick is not that funny and doesn't have enough imagination and wit to it for my money so if it hadn't been for the historical interest I probably wouldn't have bothered.

Not that great a short then and, in regards seeing Pathé's role in the development of early cinema and techniques, there are better shorts out there.


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