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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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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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Horse Chase
16 November 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Another example of the early French chase genre, this film suffers from its familiarity to all the other chase films made around this time, but is OK when judged as a stand-alone film.

The film starts quite slowly with a delivery man parking his horse outside a house, As we see the delivery man climbing every flight of steps in the house, sharing drinks with one of his customers, having a natter with the cleaning lady, etc, the horse is tucking into a sack of oats which seem to have been contaminated with some kind of performance-enhancing drug. No sooner has the delivery man pulled Dobbin away from his fix than the horse is tearing along the streets, running into things and knocking them over. Before long, he has a trail of injured parties giving chase.

The film's not bad, and at least tries to set itself apart by incorporating some trick shots into the mix - at one point we see the horse running backwards along the street with his pursuers giving chase.


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